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𝐇𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲: 𝐀 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟒 • 𝐒𝐭. 𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐰 𝐃𝐮𝐧𝐠-𝐋𝐚𝐜 & 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬
𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐒𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐓
Andrew Dung-Lac, a Catholic convert ordained to the priesthood, was one of 117 people martyred in Vietnam between 1820 and 1862. Members of the companions group gave their lives for Christ in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and received beatification during four different occasions between 1900 and 1951. All were canonized during the papacy of Saint John Paul II.
Christianity came to Vietnam through the Portuguese. Jesuits opened the first permanent mission at Da Nang in 1615. They ministered to Japanese Catholics who had been driven from Japan.
The last of the martyrs were 17 laypersons, one of them a 9-year-old, executed in 1862. That year a treaty with France guaranteed religious freedom to Catholics, but it did not stop all persecution.
𝘖 𝘎𝘰𝘥, 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘥, 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘬𝘦𝘱𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘺𝘳𝘴 𝘚𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘈𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘸 𝘋𝘶𝘯𝘨-𝘓𝘢𝘤 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘚𝘰𝘯, 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥, 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵, 𝘴𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘸𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘣𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘯 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩.