Joachim Pham has been a National Catholic Reporter correspondent since December 2013 and regularly contributes to Global Sisters Report. He is based in Vietnam.
Photo essay - Sisters in Vietnam's central provinces of Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue return home to welcome the new year, visit relatives and friends, and bring Christian values to others during their nine-day holiday.
Ahead of the Lunar New Year, congregations of women religious across Vietnam have stepped in to help people who lost homes and livelihoods in severe flooding that hit the central provinces in October and November.
Nuns from four congregations in Vietnam's central provinces that are being hit by the worst floods in decades are providing emergency aid for hundreds of thousands of victims.
Catholicism is seen as a foreign religion in Vietnam, with 52,000 followers among the total population of 1.3 million, according to church statistics. Three sisters who have their origins in other religions recently talked with Global Sisters Report about their admiration for what sisters have done for them and others.