Bishop Van Thuan,
Every year, John Paul selects a preacher for a course of Spiritual
Exercises for himself and the vatican's Roman Curia. For the Jubilee
2000, he chose vietnamese Archbishop Francis Xavier Nguyen Van
Thuan .Testimony of Hope is the complete text of those Spiritual
Exercise . In this moving work , Archbishop Van Thuan adresses
our need for hope at the beginning of the twenty-first century. As a
Prisoner in various Communist prisons for thirteen years, nine of
them in solitary confinement , Archbishop Van Thuan faced what
he describes as" the agonising pain of isoltion and abandonment.
" Recounting the detiels of those long years, he reveals the secret
that allowed him to cling to hope in the midst of despair.