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The proportion of Roman Catholics in Vietnam is about 7% (http://www.aed-france.org/observatoire/pays.php?id=103), which is about six million people. Like in many areas, the minorities are active, and ?fight? to show they exist, and the cathedral of Hanoi is open every day mornings, and evenings for the worshippers or visitors.
The St Joseph cathedral, consecrated on Christmas day 1885 has been built in place of the old Bao Tien tower; like for the Opera house, the architects chose to make a miniature copy of a famous Parisian building. . . . the colonialists needed to feel a little bit at home far from homeland. . . .
It is always a bit moving to listen to religious songs and even there are few people in the church; every evening there are masses and the music and voices in the great wide ship are a pleasure to listen at; photography from far only, respect for worshippers. On the sidewalks are small chapels and worshippers show their faith here, flowering the chapels or praying with devotion.
Outside it is interesting to walk around the cathedral, as there are religious (and nave) representations of Christ?s life, here are the cave were his mother mourns him and a wall painting representing the magi looking at the star above Bethlehem. There are other sculptures, low relief or paintings on the street going around the cathedral.

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  • Written Jan 19, 2008
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