Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City
|Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh city
Tổng Giáo phận Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh
|Metropolitan||Ho Chi Minh city|
|Area||2,390 km2 (920 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Cathedral||Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Paul Bui Van Đoc|
|Emeritus Bishops||Jean-Baptiste Phạm Minh Mẫn|
The Archdiocese (Metropolitan) of Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon; Latin: Archidioecesis Hochiminhopolitana) is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in the South of Vietnam. It is the biggest by population in the country.
The renaming former Archdiocese of Saigon to Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh city was declared November 23, 1976. It covers an area of 2,390 km². The suffragan dioceses are:
- Diocese of Bà Rịa
- Diocese of Cần Thơ
- Diocese of Đà Lạt
- Diocese of Long Xuyên
- Diocese of Mỹ Tho
- Diocese of Phan Thiết
- Diocese of Phú Cường
- Diocese of Vĩnh Long
- Diocese of Xuân Lôc.
Immaculate Conception Cathedral Basilica (Vương cung thánh đường Chính tòa Đức Mẹ Vô nhiễm Nguyên tội - Nhà thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn) in Ho Chi Minh City has been assigned as the Cathedral of the Archdiocese.
The Archdiocese ministers often take part in international exchanges and contacts, though with special permission of the Vietnamese authorities.
The young Catholics from the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh city and Archdiocese of Hanoi formed in 2006 an organization for helping children in rural and underdeveloped areas of Vietnam. The Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City regularly organizes special mass events including the Youth Day in December 2007, which was attended by more than 7 000 young people, who take part in volunteer and charitable activities, and two prayer vigils "God is rich in compassion" in March 2008 with the participation of several thousand faithful.
There is a center of social work organized by the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh city, which consists of priests, laypeople and members of sivil groups. The center is occupied with three main problems: helping street children, activities to reduce HIV/AIDS level and help its victims, social and psychological work with prostitutes to get them off the streets.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is considered to be one of the main city attractions and one of the most beautiful buildings in all Vietnam. It was built in 1877 - 1880 by the French architect J. Bourad, has a Neo-Romanesque facade with twin towers and a statue of the Virgin Mary in the center front.
- Catholic Hierarchy Directory
- LA Times, August 2008
- "Catholic youth accompany abandoned children", May 2006, in Asia News
- "More than 7,000 young people take part in Saigon diocese's Youth day", Asia News on Vietnam, December 2007
- "More than 7 thousand faithful gather to reflect on God's compassion", Asia News, March 2008
- "Ho Chi Minh City, Catholics at work against AIDS and prostitution", Asia News, February 2008
- Images of Notre Dame Cathedral, by Mary Ann Sullivan, Bluffton University