SERVANT OF GOD CARDINAL FRANCIS XAVIER NGUYEN VAN THUAN

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Servant of God Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, was born in 1928, in the Vietnamese town of Hue. Nephew of assassinated leader Ngo Dinh Diem, he was ordained a priest in 1953. Paul VI appointed him coadjutor archbishop of Saigon on 24 April 1975, but six days later the city fell to the Communists. He was for 13 years in a a re-education camp, 9 in solitary confinement. In 1988, he was placed under house arrest, and a few years allowed to go to Rome, on condition that he never returns.

in 1994, he was appointed President of the Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace by John Paul II, and dealt with issues like third world debt (several years before Bono & Bob Geldoff took up that crusade!) . But also to mention his pivotal role in the creation of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (of which I include a link), published in 2004. He died two years previously of cancer, having been made a cardinal in 2001. Due to his strong anti communist credentials, he is sometimes regarded as a hero of the religious right, but there could not have been a stronger son of the Church’s social doctrine. On 4 May 2017, Pope Francis declared him Venerable. NB I had the pleasure of interviewing him in the year 2000, when he made a visit to Melbourne, of which some of his vestments (which will be probably be relics) are in our cathedral. It will be a precious memory that I talked to a saint.

in the hearts of Jesus & Mary
Andrew Rabel

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html

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  1. How surprised I was to see this article this morning! Just this past week a friend told me about meeting the Venerable Nguyen Van Thuan. His story was so moving that I ended up discarding my original sermon for this past Sunday and preaching on his life as a role model for a true Servant-Leader.

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