Fr. Truong Ba Can, a former YCW Chaplain of Vietnam who took greater part in the liberation and reunification struggles in Vietnam died at the age of 79 on July 10 at Ho Chi Minh City.
Le Thanh Hai, Polit Bureau member of the Viet Nam Communist Party secretary of HCM City’s Party Committee led a delegation from the city’s Party Committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front to pay their respects to the departed soul.
"I deeply mourn the passing of Priest Truong Ba Can – a person who made great contributions to the cause of national liberation and reunification, defence and development of the motherland – the Social Republic of Viet Nam," he wrote in the condolence book at Can’s funeral.
Fr. Can also fought for democracy, workers’ rights and against torture on students for years through demonstrations and hunger-strikes before 1975. It may be recalled that many YCW leaders in S. Vietnam were arrested during that period and were subject to inhuman treatment.
In the passing away of Fr. Can, we have lost a worker chaplain who stood for justice and peace. It is also time for introspection for us to work out ways and means of passing on this message and mission to the future generation to ensure emergence of a just world. CCI is one such initiative to keep alive the spirit of Cardijn's vision and methodology.
Cardijn Community International conveys its condolences to the diocese and family of Fr. Can and also to the people of Vietnam who have lost a great son of their soil.