(VOVworld) – Over 6 million Christians in Vietnam are joyfully celebrating Christmas at 6,500 churches and chapels nationwide. A festive atmosphere prevails in every parish and Catholic family. The lights on the streets, the decorated Christmas trees, and carols echoing here and there have created a Christmas atmosphere and demonstrated the religious freedom in Vietnam. Churches and chapels are decorated with lights and flowers. Parishioners attend masses and join choirs to rehearse for Christmas Eve. Priests are busy with masses the whole day. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Việt Nam and the Vietnam Committee for Catholic Solidarity (VCCS) sent Christmas greetings to parishes and followers. People wish each other a merry Christmas and exchange messages of love. A festival of happiness Parishioners in dioceses have abided by the law and concentrated on improving their lives. With the mottos of “respecting Jesus and patriotism” and “living the gospel of life in the midst of the nation”, parishioners have actively gotten involved in social humanitarian activities, building a cultured lifestyle in residential areas, developing new rural areas, and practicing a household economy. Their living standards have been improved and many families have become better-off. The parishioners are welcoming a new Christmas season…
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