Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope Francis pays tribute to late Vietnamese cardinal

Catholic World News - July 09, 2013

Pope Francis paid tribute to Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyên Van Thuán in a meeting with officials involved in his beatification cause, the diocesan phase of which recently concluded.

Born in 1928, Cardinal Van Thuán was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Saigon six days before the South Vietnamese capital’s fall to Communist invasion. Imprisoned for 13 years, he served as president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace from 1998 until his 2002 death.

The late cardinal, a “witness to hope, is still alive, and – more than a memory – is a spiritual presence that continues to bring his blessing,” Pope Francis said on July 6. “In effect, there are many people who can attest that they were edified by their encounter with the Servant of God François-Xavier Nguyên Van Thuán, at different moments of his life. Experience shows that his reputation for holiness has spread precisely through the testimony of so many people who met him and preserve in their heart his gentle smile and the greatness of his soul.”

“Many came to know him through his writings, simple and profound, which reveal his priestly spirit, closely united to the One who had called him to be a minister of His mercy and His love,” the Pope continued. “So many people have written to tell of graces and signs attributed to the intercession of the Servant of God Cardinal Van Thuán. We thank the Lord for this venerable brother, son of the East, who ended his earthly journey in the service of the Successor of St. Peter.”

Friends and relatives of the late cardinal were also present at the meeting.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. May 22
What's wrong with these pictures? May 22
What can we learn from the dignity of military services? May 22
Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? May 21
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days