The Word Among Us

Easter 2005 Issue

An Apostle of Hope

Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

By: Bob French

The Communist interrogator couldn't stand it any longer. "Admit it!" he shouted to the priest, "You're part of a Vatican plot! You're nothing more than an Imperialist lackey!" But the newly appointed archbishop of Saigon, Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, answered quietly and directly, "No. I will not admit anything of the kind."

Thuan was placed under immediate arrest. The date was August 15, 1975, the Feast of the Assumption. For the next thirteen years, he would...

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