An Asian martyr persecuted

An Asian martyr persecuted

By Johnny Cruz

On November 24, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Andrew Dung-Lac, a Vietnamese diocesan priest was among the 117 martyrs in Vietnam. On June 19, 1988, Pope John Paul II canonized a group of 117 martyrs who died for the Roman Catholic Faith in Vietnam during the nineteenth century. The group was made up of 96 Vietnamese, 11 Spaniards, and 10 French. Eight of the group were bishops, 50 were priests and 59 were lay Catholics. Some of the priests were Dominicans, others were diocesan priests who belonged to the Paris Mission Society.

Saint Dung-Lac came from a poor family and was taught by a Catechist. He worked as missionary and was tortured during the persecutions in Vietnam from 1820 to 1840. Today, we have faced with many persecutions. For doing what is right, we face persecutions even in our own family. May we be strong in fighting for what’s right and just in this world. Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and companions, pray for us!

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