Saturday 10 November 2018
The President and the Secretary of the Vietnamese Episcopal Conference have sent the Holy See an official request asking for Saint Daniel Comboni to be placed in the universal calendar of the Catholic Church so that his liturgical memorial may be celebrated everywhere in the Mass and the liturgy of the hours on 10 October.
This was decided by the bishops of Vietnam at their recent Assembly at the end of September. The letter, addressed to Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, shows how the motivations of the request are based upon the life, witness and charism of the Holy Founder, evangeliser of the African peoples, animator of missionary collaboration between churches and model of an “Outgoing Church” to bring the “joy of the Gospel” to all people, as Pope Francis teaches. The letter was added to similar requests sent to Rome and may be more easily successful if more such requests were to be received from various countries. It is important to note the meaningful and tactful gesture of the Vietnamese bishops in signing their request with the date of 10 October, dies natalis and feast of St. Daniel.