Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pilgrimage of Faith: Catholicism in Vietnam

An iconic landmark in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the Notre-Dame Basilica. It is a Catholic church which is a living testament to the Vietnamese's profound belief in God. Vietnam is not a Catholic country but it has a large number of Catholics. In fact, it has the fifth largest Catholic population in Asia. Here are some pictures that I took when I visited the iconic basilica on Christmas day of 2013.     

The front yard of Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica. The statue of the Virgin Mary in front of the basilica was made in Rome. 

 The interior of Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. 

Relics of Vietnamese Saints 

Vietnam produced 117 saints. They were canonized by Pope John Paul II on June 19, 1988 in the Vatican. Their memorial is celebrated every November 24. 

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