1,000 gather for Vietnamese Martyrs' Mass
More than 1,000 people participated in the annual Mass to honor the Vietnamese martyrs Nov. 25, praying the rosary in a procession around St. Anthony Church and School at East 15th Avenue and East 15th Street in Oakland, led by a wooden shrine to the martyrs. The church was packed with many standing during the Mass, said Sister Rosaline Nguyen, LHC, director of the Vietnamese Pastoral Center. Presiding was Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, who said some parts of the Mass in Vietnamese. The 117 martyrs were slain during the persecution of Catholics in Vietnam between 1798 and 1861. The martyrs, canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988, were among more than 100,000 Vietnamese Catholics killed because of their religious beliefs.
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