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Viet Nam

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Author(s): Phan, Peter C.
1. General Situation The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, in southeast Asia, is bordered on the west by Cambodia and Laos, on the north by China, and on the east by the China Sea. Its two principal geographic regions, the Red River delta in the north and the Mekong River delta in the south, are connected by a narrow, mountainous strip. Its capital is Hanoi, though Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the largest city. In 2007 the population was estimated at 85 million. Though there are 54 ethnic groups, the population is largely homogeneous, with the Viet, also known as the Kinh…


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Author(s): Phan, Peter C.
[English Version] Rhodes, Alexandre de (15.3.1593 Avignon – 5.11.1660 Isfahan), franz. Missionar in Vietnam und Repräsentant eines akkommodierenden (Akkommodation) Zugangs zu den Kulturen Asiens. Rh. trat 1612 in Rom der SJ bei, um einen Missionsauftrag nach China oder Japan zu erhalten, verließ am 20.7.1619 Lissabon und kam am 29.5.1623 nach Macao, von wo er im Dezember 1624 zunächst nach Vietnam entsandt wurde. 1627 wieder nach Macao zurückbeordert, wurde er dann zur Errichtung einer neuen Mission…

Rhodes, Alexandre de

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Author(s): Phan, Peter C.
[German Version] (Mar 15, 1593, Avignon – Nov 5, 1660, Isfahan, Persia), French missionary in Vietnam and representative of accommodation in approaching the cultures of Asia. Rhodes joined the Jesuit order in 1612 in Rome, in order to pursue a mis-¶ sionary vocation in China or Japan. He left Lisbon on Jul 20, 1619 and arrived at Macao on May 29, 1623; from there he was sent to Vietnam in December, 1624. In 1627 he was recalled to Macao, and was then sent to North Vietnam to found a new mission station. Initially successful as a missio…

Missio canonica

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Author(s): Drössler, Bernd T. | Phan, Peter C.
In Roman Catholic usage missio canonica (canonical sending) is formal ecclesiastical commissioning ¶ for the permanent discharge of ecclesiastical offices (Ministry, Ministerial Offices) or for some specific functional activity as a special ministry. 1. In Roman Catholic canon law missio canonica denotes the jurisdictional commissioning of clergy relative to specific tasks and ministries, but also the orderly calling of all church members (Clergy and Laity) to responsible cooperation in the church’s ministry of sanctification, proclama…