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Diocese to commemorate Vietnamese Martyrs, Nov. 21

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SAN DIEGO — The Vietnamese Catholic Community will welcome Bishop Robert McElroy on Sunday, Nov. 21, for the annual diocesan commemoration of the Vietnamese Martyrs.

The bishop will celebrate Mass at 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd Parish, with a reception to follow. Good Shepherd Church is located at 8200 Gold Coast Drive, San Diego 92126.

The feast of the Vietnamese Martyrs commemorates the sacrifices of the many Catholics martyred for their faith in Vietnam during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, but especially the 117 martyrs canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988. Of that number, some were foreign missionaries, but 96 of them, including Father Andrew Dung-Lac, were Vietnamese.

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