- November 2008 -

Testimony of Hope  –  In the Jubilee Year 2000, Pope John Paul II asked Vietnamese Archbishop Nguyen van Thuan to preach a course of spiritual exer cises for himself and the Roman Curia at the Vatican. Testimony of Hope is the complete text of those spiritual exercises. In this moving work, the archbishop addresses our need for hope at the beginning of the Third Christian Millennium. As a prisoner in a communist concentration camp for 13 years, nine of them in solitary confinement, Archbishop Nguyen van Thuan faced what he described as the “agonizing pain of isolation and abandonment.” Recounting the details of those long years, he reveals the secret which allowed him to cling to hope in the midst of despair.

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