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Vietnamese martyrs liturgy to be celebrated Nov. 20 at St. Thomas the Apostle
November 1st, 2016

The Vietnamese Catholic community of St.Thomas Apostle Church in San Francisco will celebrate the lives of Vietnamese martyrs at an annual liturgy celebration on Nov. 20.

Nov. 24 is the liturgical commemoration of Christians martyred in Vietnam over the 17th to 19th centuries, according to Father Te Van Nyugen, director for the Vietnamese Catholic community in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

To avoid a conflict with Thanksgiving observed the same day, the celebration is planned for the Sunday before.

The Vatican estimates the number of Vietnamese martyrs killed during the missionary era of the 18th century and the politically-inspired persecutions of the 19th century at between 130,000 and 300,000. The torture these individuals underwent is considered by the Vatican to be among the worst in the history of Christian martyrdom.

In 1988, St. John Paul II canonized 117 of them, giving them a single feast day.

From November 3, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

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