Cardinal’s Sister Speaks of His Suffering at Eucharistic Congress

QUEBEC CITY, JUNE 19, 2008 ( Many people have read about Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuân’s faith in the Eucharist through his autobiographical writings. But participants at the International Eucharistic Congress got another perspective.

Elizabeth Nguyen Thi Thu Hong, the late cardinal’s youngest sister, was one of the speakers today at the 49th International Eucharistic Congress, under way in Quebec through Sunday.

She has been translating into English and French her brother’s writings and the letters he wrote to his family during 13 years of imprisonment in Vietnam. He was arrested Aug. 15, 1975; nine of his years in prison were in solitary confinement.  Read part of her beautiful eulogy here.