In 1975, Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguy?n V?n Thu?n was arrested by the Communist government of Vietnam and imprisoned for thirteen years, nine of them in solitary confinement, and finally exile from Vietnam in 1991. He continued to proclaim the gospel of peace and freedom, justice and human dignity until his death in 2002. Destined to become contemporary classics, V?n Thu?n’s writings have inspired hope in millions. His best selling works include Testimony of Hope and The Road of Hope.
A superb account of the life and spirituality of one of the great Catholic leaders of our time.
—His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles
The Miracle of Hope charts the footsteps of a man who walked the long road of hope, urging us on amidst the darkness of our own time and place. He is an icon of the Vietnamese Catholic Church.
—Michael Downey, Author, Hope Begins Where Hope Begins
Even to his last breath, V?n Thu?n breathed the Gospel, which was the tranquil force of his entire life.
—His Eminence Cardinal Roger Etchegaray
President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Cardinal V?n Thu?n is a prophet for Gospel justice and peace. His story is a biography for our times.
—Rose Pacatte, FSP, Author, Lights, Camera…Faith!
Despite the numerous trials he endured, the triumph of Cardinal V?n Thu?n’s hope is the miracle he has passed on to humankind. An inspirational journey!
—Dr. Elvira di Fabio, Harvard University
Living the horror of war in his native Vietnam, V?n Thu?n knew war’s waste of human potential. His extraordinary life assures us that in the end, only holiness matters. To read these pages is to make a retreat with a saint.
—Murray Bodo, OFM, Author, Poetry as Prayer: Denise Levertov
At last, an authoritative biography of a man being venerated the world over as a martyr of the Christian faith. His was a living testimony: suffering can be a source of intimate union with God and loving solidarity with one’s fellow human beings.
—Dr. Peter C. Phan, Georgetown University
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