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Vietnamese Church should develop media presence, says newly appointed bishop

Catholic World News - June 27, 2013

A newly appointed Vietnamese bishop has called for the development of Catholic media outlets in that country.

The Vietnamese Church needs to improve its “means of communication and information,” said Bishop-elect Pierre Nguyen Van Vien, who will soon be ordained as an auxiliary for the Vinh diocese. He said that effective communication would help the Church to play a central role in the life of Vietnam rather than living “on the margins of society.”

The former vicar-general of the Vinh diocese said that the Vietnamese Church shows a lively sense of purpose, nourished by generations of Catholics who have endured repression and outright persecution. That vigor would be enhanced, he said, if the Church could speak with “one voice” through the media. There are today no Catholic newspapers, broadcast outlets, or publishing houses in Vietnam.

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