» 01/11/2008, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
A “protest” prayer blocks Hanoi traffic
A thousand catholics go in procession to the building that once housed the apostolic delegation which the archbishop wants returned to the Church. A petition drive has been launched in favour of this step. For almost a month the faithful have been gathering to demonstrate their support for the demand.
Now Hanoi trying to pit Buddhists against Catholics
Deputy public security minister tries to sow divisions among religious groups by raising an old claim about the land where the cathedral, seminary and ex- apostolic delegation now stand, claiming that it was once home to a pagoda. However, a government publication said that the pagoda was once located five kilometres to the north of the disputed land and that it was destroyed in the 1400s.
Scuffles break out in Hanoi between Catholic demonstrators and police
Scuffles break out a day after government officials pay a surprise visit to the capital’s archbishop to reduce tensions due to Catholic demonstrations in favour of the archbishop’s demand that the former Apostolic Delegation compound be returned to the Church. Demonstrators entered the building today but were pushed out by kicking and stick-wielding police.
Catholic seminarians work for the first time in state-run leprosarium
The young men provided summer pastoral services in the Van Mon facility; patients and medical staff are grateful for the assistance offered by the future priests.
Praying as victims is how Hanoi bishop responds to government’s veiled threats
Tensions mount as the issue of illegally-seized Church properties is not solved. City authorities accuse bishop of using freedom of religion to provoke protests against the government. Mgr Joseph Ngô describes the former’s abuses and demands justice.
Vietnamese PM meets bishop of Hanoi to discuss seized Church property
Talks take place after Catholics stage a protest demanding the return of the nuncio’s building in Hanoi. The community is very hopeful and optimistic that the issue will be solved step by step.
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