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TV quiz show format used for Synod document catechesis


A parish priest in Vietnam's central highlands is using the format of a popular TV quiz show to teach his parishioners truths contained in Ecclesia in Asia, the Pope's apostolic exhortation that followed the Vatican's 1999 Synod for Asia.

The study sessions are held at the church every Saturday evening before Mass, in the church of Chau Son parish in Ban Me Thuot diocese.

The program recently featured a contest called Climbing up the mountain towards the Lord". Parish priest Fr Antoine Vu Thanh Lich told the press that since he launched the sessions early this year, more than 300 parishioners, aged 18-27, have taken part.

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CRTN


VIETNAM BISHOPS WORRIED ABOUT DEVELOPMENT, CATHOLIC TRIBALS' RIGHTS

The Catholic bishops of Vietnam have decided to raise concerns with the National Assembly about the country's path to development and the civic rights of tribal Catholics.

Fr Antoine Nguyen Ngoc Son, secretary of the Vietnam Bishops' Conference, confirmed the move but declined to disclose to UCA News the details of the first letter the bishops ever addressed to the country's highest legislative body.

The Bishops decided to write the letter at their annual meeting, held earlier this month in Hanoi.

Fr Son said Bishop Paul Nguyen Van Hoa of Nha Trang, president of the conference, will include "the Church's deep concern" about the harassment of tribal Catholic laypeople when he meets with a National Assembly representative to present the bishops' views.

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UCA News

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18 Oct 2002