Joachim Pham has been a National Catholic Reporter correspondent since December 2013 and regularly contributes to Global Sisters Report. He is based in Vietnam.
In Vietnam, "Crèches are absolutely indispensable to local Catholic families in the Christmas season as they bind the material and spiritual worlds together," Sr. Anna Vo Thi Ngoi Khen said. Sisters and young Catholics have made crèches for families challenged by COVID-19 and recent floods.
As students' parents have been left unemployed by the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam, Catholic nuns have stepped in to provide help with fees, computer access, textbooks, uniforms, school supplies, bicycles and more.
As the delta variant spreads in Vietnam, sisters in heavily affected areas have moved some of their ministries online or now run them over the phone to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
In Ho Chi Minh City and two provinces in Vietnam badly hit by COVID-19's delta variant, hundreds of women and men religious have voluntarily joined front-line forces to take care of patients at understaffed hospitals.