Vietnam Diocese Grateful for “Miracle” of Hosting 10th FABC Plenary Assembly

Vietnam Monsignor Vincent Dang Van Tu, vicar general of Xuan Loc said the diocese’s hosting of the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) was a wish come true for Xuan Loc officials.

Cardinal John-Baptist Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh broached the idea of hosting the gathering of Church leaders from around Asia four years ago when he inaugurated the buildings in Phase I of the construction plan for the Xuan Loc Pastoral Centre complex east of Ho Chi Minh City.

In an interview on Dec. 14, Monsignor Tu retold the story of the pastoral center that housed more than 100 plenary assembly delegates, staff and guests who were attending meeting and workshop sessions, and praying together during the assembly of bishops of Asia that took place from Dec. 10-16.

Monsignor Vincent Dang Van Tu (right), Vicar General of Xuan Loc diocese of Vietnam told the story of the 6-hectare pastoral complex east of Ho Chi Minh City that hosted the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) Dec. 10-16,2012. With him is Monsignor Pietro Nguyen Van Tai, assistant of the Papal Legate to the plenary assembly, who translated the priest's Vietnamese remarks into English. Photo by N. J. Viehland

Monsignor Vincent Dang Van Tu (right), Vicar General of Xuan Loc diocese of Vietnam told the story of the 6-hectare pastoral complex east of Ho Chi Minh City that hosted the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) Dec. 10-16,2012. With him is Monsignor Pietro Nguyen Van Tai, assistant of the Papal Legate to the plenary assembly, who translated the priest’s Vietnamese remarks into English. Photo by N. J. Viehland

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