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Canonization of Vietnamese Martyrs During Pope John Paul II’s Papacy

Articles | November 22, 2023 | by Catholics for Catholics

Pope John Paul II canonized 117 martyrs who stood up for the Roman Catholic Faith in Vietnam during the nineteenth century. The group consisted of ninety-six Vietnamese, eleven Spaniards, and ten French, eight of whom were bishops, fifty were priests, and fifty-nine were lay Catholics, including a 9-year-old child. Some of the priests belonged to the Dominican Order, while others were diocesan priests associated with the Paris Mission Society. These brave souls’ feast day and the way they lived their lives are a testament to the suffering that the Vietnamese Church endured, which is one of the most terrible in Christian martyrdom’s long history.

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