A small Christmas celebration in Kompot

Kompot.​ A group of about 150 persons attended the Christmas celebration at the Kompot Catholic Church last evening. Fr. Son, the parish priest and one of the few Cambodian Catholic priests – most of the clergy is made by foreigners, – underlined the presence of ten persons coming from countries like Colombia, Japan, England, France, Italy, Greece and Vietnam. ‘Even in our small group, the Lord gives us a sign that He was born two thousand years ago for all mankind,’ he said during the homily to the faithful, most of them young people.

Christian Faith is not too new in Cambodia, a kingdom where more than 90 percent profess the Buddhist religion of Theravada. It is traced since 1555 during the arrival of the Dominican Portuguese Fray Gaspar da Cruz, who was a guest at the Royal Court. The wars and conflicts of the nation, who has also a strong Hindu influence in its culture, have kept Christianity as a minority. The ruling of the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979) was especially disastrous for the Cambodian Catholic Church with the death of all the native clergy and religious, including Bishop Joseph Chehmar Salas and Mgr. Paul Tep Im Sotha. The current Bishop of Phnom Penh, Mgr. Olivier Schmitthaeusler, appointed the former Bishop Yves Ramousse to research on the possibility to introduce the cause of martyrdom for Catholics, who were killed during the Pol Pot regime.

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

2 responses to “A small Christmas celebration in Kompot”

  1. theang so thun says :

    The Don Bosco always with the dance , sports, game , friend , love, help, and the most important thing that Don Donsco always help is that give them the education and the skill to the in order next time they all can get good chance to get the good job to help themselves or like help to develop owned country also like Cambodian student after they finished their studying at Don Bosco they gonna help to develop this small country with their hands . Don Bocso is the name of the St or (one person who come from Italy ) and he devoted his full life with the youth (poor youth or the youth were deployed by past war or orphan too ) now day Don Bosco in Cambodia there re many school both Technical school and the vocational school . All these because of the loving of Fr Bosco that he is the most important person . In Kep city there is one vocational school that was found by Don Bosco apostles .

  2. GADEL says :

    This is beautiful. May King Jesus Christ reign over the hearts of all Cambodians. Amen.

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