Vietnam - Salesian parishes become "transit stations of love"

23 July 2021

(ANS - Ho Chi Minh) - Several Salesian parishes in the city of Ho Chi Minh have become "transit stations of love" during the Covid-19 epidemic that has returned to hit the city in recent weeks.

Starting 9 July, when a special quarantine order was issued in Ho Chi Minh, the Salesian priests and younger confreres of the Rinaldi theologate community have brought drinking water to supply families with the support of young migrants and the Pastoral Council of the Don Bosco Xuan Hiep parish. Three large water tanks were transported to isolated areas. The families then took the water from the tanks, transferring it to special containers. In addition to providing water, basic necessities were also distributed. Other Salesian parishes in Ho Chi Minh, such as Ben Cat and Ba Thon, have also been doing the same for some weeks.

The post-novitiate Salesians in the city of Da Lat and in the communities of K'Long contacted some garden owners to collect free vegetables and send them to Ho Chi Minh with the help of young people and others. So far many vegetables have been sent from Da Lat and K'Long, and the community of the Theologate and the parish of Xuan Hiep are dividing them to send them to people in need.

The people in quarantine in the city are mostly workers. When the entire agglomeration was blocked, their work and their life suffered greatly. For this reason, Don Bosco Xuan Hiep and the other parishes are receiving support from many benefactors and are becoming a "transit station", from which concrete help goes to all these needy.

The pandemic situation in Vietnam remains very serious. According to the statistics of the Ministry of Health, in fact, from 27 April to today, the number of infections from Covid-19 in Vietnam is 59,165 and Ho Chi Minh is the place with the highest rate of infection. Over the past week, Ho Chi Minh has registered between 1,000 and 5,000 new cases every day. For this the city has issued a special quarantine order from 9 July. Traditional markets are temporarily closed and all entry and exit from the city are tightly controlled. Many workers and poor people are in extremely difficult situations.

In light of this situation, the Archdiocese of Saigon sent a letter inviting the religious of the Congregations and Orders present in Ho Chi Minh to volunteer, especially to help the health sector. There are already 531 religious registered to participate. They will be trained, vaccinated before working in hospitals and health facilities.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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