Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - "The sudden and tragic death of Msgr. Paul Bui Van Doc, Archbishop of Hochiminh Ville (formerly Saigon), during the course of the ad limina visit trip in Rome, has deeply struck us. The providence of God wanted to call the Archbishop to himself, in this moment. Despite the pain of losing a dear brother Bishop, we now feel that there is God's presence in this event: we are questioning ourselves to understand what God wants to tell us with this event": this is what Msgr. Joseph Dinh Duc Dao told Agenzia Fides, at the head of the diocese of Xuan Loc, on behalf of the Vietnamese Bishops, in the Vatican for the ad limina apostolorum visit, after the death of the Archbishop of Hochiminh-ville, Msgr. Paul Bui Van Doc, yesterday, March 6, in Rome.
Remembering the late Archbishop, Msgr. Dinh Duc Dao reports: "We were students together at the Urbano College of Propaganda Fide. He was a man, a priest whose heart was always filled with the joy of the Lord. His episcopal motto, 'Ad Deum laetitae mae', the emphasis was put on the joy that every baptized person finds in Christ.
This was his will and his mission: to bring everyone the joy of the Gospel and to lead the people of God entrusted to him to live the joy of the Lord. Today he is in Paradise to enjoy this joy".
In the Archdiocese of Hochiminh Ville, recalls Msgr. Dinh Duc Dao, "his pastoral work was aimed at building and living the communion and unity among all the different components of the local Church. Besides many immigrants and the poor live in that territory, and the apostolate that he promoted and organized gave great attention to immigrants, according to a spirit of reception, solidarity, service".
Today, in fact, there is a vast phenomenon of internal migrants in Hochiminh Ville, given the massive movement of people from the countryside to large cities. In a city of 7 million inhabitants like Ho Chi Minh Ville, other two million have come in the last few years, 10% of whom are Catholics. The Archbishop tried to coordinate, thanks to the diocesan Caritas, all the members of the local Church such as religious congregations, parishes, lay movements, to meet the needs of these people. Explaining to Agenzia Fides the sense of this commitment, Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc declared: "We continue to show our attention towards the poor and the marginalized, as a testimony of the love of Christ and as a sign of care for the common good of society". (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 7/3/2018)