Dear brothers and sisters,
On Hung Vuong Street in District 5 of Saigon, the Chinese Vietnamese District, stands the Church of Saint Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc), the national heroine and patron saint of France.
Joan was a peasant girl, born in 1412. At 16 she saw the visions of the archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria telling her to support King-to-be Charles VII and free France from English domination. At 17 she met with Charles VII and convinced him to allow her to command soldiers to fight for France. Charles VII, in desperation of losing France to the English, sent Joan to fight the English army who was besieging Orléans. She won the battle and liberated the city after only 9 days. She immediately became famous and won a series of other battles and that led to the coronation of King Charles VII.
However, in 1430, a group of France nobble traitors captured her and delivered her to the English. They executed her in 1431, at 19 years of age.
On May 16, 1920, the Pope canonized her as patron saint of France. (Info from Wiki).
I love Joan of Arc. I wrote many writings about Joan of Arc on ĐCN. This is my full writing: Tiếng gọi trái tim con.
So when I was wandering in the Chinese Vietnamese district the other day, and running into her here, at this beautiful old pinkish church, I was so moved. She was so close to me. I felt I coud embrace her in my arms.
Sharing with you all.
Phạm Thu Hương