Imprisoned by a communist government for thirteen years, cardinal van thuan sought meaning in the darkness of prison life. Written in the silence of his cell, these prayers and reflections resound with christian hope and courage.
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The eight decades from the Bolshevik Revolution to the collapse of the Iron Curtain brought a wave of anti-religious repression comparable to anything seen in the fabled persecutions of the first Christian centuries.
This powerful book presents documents on a span of time that begins with the war between the Communists and Chinese Nationalists in the mid 1940's and continues until 1983, shortly before the phrase of modernization promoted by Deng Xiaoping after...