|Vietnam||CATHEDRAL IN NORTHERNMOST DIOCESE GETS FIRST PRIEST IN 45 YEARS|
A priest of Hanoi archdiocese has been assigned to Lang Son diocese, becoming the first cathedral parish priest in the northernmost Vietnamese diocese in 45 years.
UCA News reports that Hanoi's Cardinal Paul Joseph Pham Dinh Tung last month appointed Fr Joseph Nguyen Van Chinh as apostolic administrator of the vacant Lang Son diocese.
46 year old Fr Chinh will join the only active priest in the diocese, 95 year old Fr Vincent Hoang Trong Quynh, who was ordained for Bui Chu diocese in 1979. Fr Chinh was ordained last September.
Lang Son, about 20 km from the Chinese border, is the main town in Lang Son province. Most of the diocesan territory is mountain or forest land inhabited by many and various tribal groups. The Vatican yearbook indicates Lang Son Catholics number 3400. It was first established as an apostolic prefecture in 1913 under the care of Spanish missioners. Many of its 16 parishes had all of their churches destroyed in wars against the French, the Americans and the Chinese from the late 1940s through the 1970s.
|11:27am 14/5/99 / UCA News|