2 Bishops Named for Vietnam

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HANOI, Vietnam, OCT. 15, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI named two auxiliary bishops for Vietnam, one each for the archdioceses of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.



Father Laurent Chu Van Minh, until now the rector of the major seminary of Hanoi, was named an auxiliary for that archdiocese. He will assist Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet.

Laurent Chu Van Minh, 64, was born in 1943 and ordained a priest at age 50, in 1994.

The Archdiocese of Hanoi has some 329,000 Catholics in a total population of over 5 million. The Catholic community is served by 69 priests and 278 religious.

Father Pierre Nguyen Van Kham, the executive secretary of the Vietnamese episcopal conference, was named an auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City. He will assist Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man.

Pierre Nguyen Van Kham, 56, was born in 1952 and ordained a priest in 1980.

The Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City has some 640,000 Catholics in a total population of more than 6 million. The Catholics are served by 751 priests and 5,442 religious.