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Saints Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest and Companions, Martyrs (Vietnam)

Posted by on Nov 24, 2012 in Bio, Saints | Comments Off on Saints Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest and Companions, Martyrs (Vietnam)

  Christian missionaries first brought the Catholic faith to Vietnam during the 16th century. The first two apostolic vicariates were established in 1659. The traditional Vietnamese religion is Buddhism, mixed with elements of Taoism, Confucianism and the cult of ancestors. When Christianity came with missionaries early in the 16th century, it was seen as a foreign element and during the following three centuries (1625-1886) became the object of persecution During the first 20 years of the 19th century Christianity made steady progress but this was dramatically interrupted by the persecutions under the Annamite emperors Minh-Mang (1820-40) and Tu DĂșc (1847-83). From 1832 Minh-Mang banned all foreign missionaries and ordered Vietnamese Christians to renounce Christianity by trampling on a crucifix. Churches were to be destroyed and teaching Christianity forbidden. Very many suffered death or extreme hardship. Altogether, during the first...

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