On July 26, almost 10,000 Catholics attended the opening celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of Catholicism being introduced in Qui Nhon Diocese. This event celebrated the 20,300 killed during the 17th and 19th centuries. The 400th year represents their jubilee year. During the mass, Catholics offered incense at the altar for those martyred and watched performances depicting the hardships and sufferings of Catholics.
07/28/2017 Vietnam (UCA News) – Catholics from a central Vietnam diocese have celebrated their 400th jubilee year and remembered those martyrs who sacrificed their lives for spreading the faith.
About 10,000 Catholics attended the opening celebration on July 26 to mark the 400th anniversary of Catholicism being introduced in Qui Nhon Diocese.
Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Vatican’s non-resident representative to Vietnam, presided over the special Mass held in the compound of the old Lang Song Seminary in Tuy Phuoc District of Binh Dinh Province.
Also present at the event were Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh of Hue, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam, five other bishops and hundreds of priests.
In his homily, Bishop Mathews Nguyen Van Khoi of Qui Nhon said three Jesuit missionaries — Italian Fathers Francesco Buzomi and Cristoforo Borri, Portuguese Father Francisco de Pina and Portuguese Brother Antonio Dias — came to establish the first mission station in July 1618 at Nuoc Man which now belongs to Qui Nhon Diocese. They came at the invitation of a local mandarin named Tran Duc Hoa.