Hue (Agenzia Fides) - The Archdiocese of Hue, in central Vietnam, is dealing with a specific pastoral plan regarding the needs of divided families. As Agenzia Fides learns, many young Vietnamese marry at a young age or without adequate preparation to face the challenges of married life. After some years of cohabitation and family life, they face problems of compatibility, marital relations and other difficulties. This often generates the separation between spouses or "the definitive breakage of families, with serious suffering also for children", says Joseph Van Doc, local lay Catholic to Agenzia Fides. "To address these cases, as a community of the Catholic community, we are concentrating on strengthening pastoral work with families", he says. "The Church is very committed to helping women who suffer in society in many ways, who have to endure the discomforts of a broken family and other socio-cultural and economic challenges", adds Van Doc.
Family ties are traditionally strong in Vietnam. The family is religious and most of the passages in family life are marked by religious rites and traditions. Most social celebrations are closely linked to religious events, even different by ethnic group and culture. In fact, the Archdiocese hosts, among others, ethnic groups Bru van kieu, Chinese, Ko tu, Ta oi, Tay and there are faithful Catholics in all these communities.
However, in Vietnam the family is changing and sociologists register a growth of "mono-nuclear" families, with only one of the spouses, in which the education of children is often neglected. It must be said that the majority of Vietnamese Catholics still regularly participate in Sunday Mass and the family continues to be the privileged place in which the Christian faith is transmitted. But, faced with new challenges, the Bishops of Vietnam recommend special attention to family pastoral care, inviting every Catholic family to be "a school of values such as faith and love for God and the human virtues of honesty, justice, probity, loyalty, humanity and generosity". Thus the Church believes it also gives an active contribution to a healthy social life.
With 81 parishes, the territory of the Archdiocese of Hue covers an area with a population of 2.3 million, of whom more than 70 thousand are Catholics. (SD-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 20/3/2018)