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Thousands of Vietnamese Catholics pray for coronavirus crisis to ends

Over 100,000 Vietnamese Catholics participated in a special Mass streamed online in prayer to Our Lady of La Vang.

In what was an intention for their nation and the wider world to overcome the coronavirus, Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh of Hue celebrated the Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Vang on Sunday April 26.

He was joined by 10 priests as 19,000 people watched the Mass online through the Archdiocese’s website, meanwhile over 86,000 tuned in on YouTube.

In Vietnam, most public places and places of worship are still in lockdown due to the virus.

Cases

The nation’s total number of confirmed cases as of today was 270, of which 222 had recovered. So far, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Vietnam.

The archbishop told the congregation they are human, and therefore rush to God and Mary when things distress them.

He said people are blaming one another for the crisis, with others abusing it as an opportunity for ‘mercenary’ and ‘exploitative’ reasons.

He addressed how Vietnam has not been badly hit by the virus as of yet, but acknowledged people are still on high alert.

Solving the crisis

“For our inability to deal with the crisis, today we come here to deeply appeal for Our Lady of La Vang to save us from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The archbishop offered a bouquet of beautiful flowers and incense in front of the statue of Our Lady, asking online streamers to join him in praying her her intercession.

“We are here like our ancestors in the past to comment our life and all things to Mother, Queen of peace,” he said.

“Please keep our nation, the church and the world in peace.”

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