Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh city
T?ng Giáo ph?n Thành Ph? H? Chí Minh
|Metropolitan||Ho Chi Minh city|
|Area||2,093 km2 (808 sq mi)|
|(as of 2014)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Cathedral||Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception|
|Patron saint||Immaculate Conception|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Joseph Nguy?n N?ng|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Louis Nguyên Anh Tuan|
|Bishops emeritus||Ph?m Minh M?n|
The Archdiocese (Metropolitan) of Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon; Vietnamese: T?ng giáo ph?n Thành ph? H? Chí Minh, French: Archidiocèse d'Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville, Latin: Archidioecesis Hochiminhopolitana) is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in the South of Vietnam. It is the biggest by population in the country.
The renaming former Archdiocese of Saigon to Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh city was declared November 23, 1976. It covers an area of 2,390 km². The suffragan dioceses are:
The Archdiocese ministers often take part in international exchanges and contacts, though with special permission of the Vietnamese authorities.
The young Catholics from the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh city and Archdiocese of Hanoi formed in 2006 an organization for helping children in rural and underdeveloped areas of Vietnam. The Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City regularly organizes special mass events including the Youth Day in December 2007, which was attended by more than 7 000 young people, who take part in volunteer and charitable activities, and two prayer vigils "God is rich in compassion" in March 2008 with the participation of several thousand faithful.
There is a center of social work organized by the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh city, which consists of priests, laypeople and members of civil groups. The center is occupied with three main problems: helping street children, activities to reduce HIV/AIDS level and help its victims, social and psychological work with prostitutes to get them off the streets.
Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is considered to be one of the main city attractions and one of the most beautiful buildings in all Vietnam. It was built in 1877 - 1880 by the French architect J. Bourad, has a Neo-Romanesque facade with twin towers and a statue of the Virgin Mary in the center front.
From 1960 to 1976, the archbishop was titled Archbishop of Saigon.