Prague Archbishop celebrates mass for Vietnamese community
One of the many Christmas masses celebrated over the past weekend was a mass for the Vietnamese community celebrated by Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka in Prague’s Žižkov district. It was dedicated to the Feast of the Holy Family and attended by over a thousand Vietnamese who have embraced the Christian faith.
This year the mass was served by the Archbishop of Prague Dominik Duka and devoted to the Feast of the Holy Family. The archbishop said that in the close-knit Vietnamese community this is a message that strikes an instant rapport, moreover at a time of economic uncertainty.
“Many people are concerned about the impacts of a possible recession – how will I manage on my pension, who will give me a helping hand in the event of illness –and it is clear that people who do not have a family to rely on will be much worse off.”
“The Catholic Vietnamese community adds colour which the Czech Catholic Church is happy to embrace.”
While most Czechs enjoy a Christmas dinner of fried carp – the Vietnamese community generally favours turkey as the main Christmas dish –but the remaining traditions – especially present giving – are identical – not least because many Vietnamese children born here are as Czech as they are Vietnamese.