Vietnamese Youth Day
Some 15,000 young Catholics from ten northern dioceses attended the Youth Day gathering held on Nov. 14-15 at the state-run Fair Exhibition Center in Hai Phong City.
The main theme of this year's gathering, hosted by Hai Phong Diocese, is 'awakening and praying'.
Participants in colorful costumes listened to bishops talks about catechism, Catholic marriage, charitable work and attended Eucharist adoration and Mass. They also watched cultural performances, went to confession and socialized.
The annual gathering was initiated by the late Bishop Francis Xavier of Thai Binh in 2001. It is held by northern dioceses in turn and is an opportunity for Catholic youths to strengthen their faith, interact with church leaders, and make plans in how to best serve the church and people in need.
The gathering in 2019 will be hosted by Bui Chu Diocese which is seen as the cradle of Catholicism in Vietnam..