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Wed Apr 22, 2015, 07:57 AM


Asian Catholics (and non) mourn Msgr. Nguyen Van Tà, longtime director of Radio Veritas

Condolences and emotion accompanied the news of the death of the Vietnamese priest, for 38 years at the helm of the only Catholic voice in Asia. He always called his work in the communications industry an "honor”. To the faithful of the remote areas he was "a source of happiness and spirituality." Buddhist in Manila: he infused "peace and inner calm."

by Nguyen Vu

Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) - Catholics, Buddhists, followers of other religions in Vietnam and the Philippines have received with deep sorrow and mourning news of the death of Msgr. Peter Nguyễn Văn Tà, former director of Radio Veritas,, the Filipino Catholic radio, which he led for 38 years.

He passed away yesterday at 2:30 in the morning at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam, where he was hospitalized following the worsening of an incurable disease. Interviewed in the past by AsiaNews, the priest said he was honored to work "in the field of communications in Catholic circles, in the service of the Church and the faithful of Asia". To these he added several "charitable" initiatives and "various social activities."

Msgr. Peter, 66, was born December 17, 1947 at Lop Rạch, a small parish of the Diocese of Vinh Long, in the south of Vietnam. Fourth of six children, he entered the minor seminary of the diocese in 1958; 1965 to 1973 he studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Institute of St. Pius X in Da Lat. Ordained a priest on 19 December 1973 as a result he also studied in Rome and obtained his doctorate in philosophy.

For over 30 years he directed Radio Veritas, the only Catholic voice in Asia - in more than 20 languages ​​- based in Quezon City, Philippines. In the last meeting with AsiaNews, the Vietnamese priest recalled that "in my priestly life, next to the work in the communications industry, I have always loved to do charitable and social activities."



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