» 01/30/2008, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Archbishop of Hanoi: ready to go to prison for my flock
State press accuses the prelate and priests of the capital of manipulating the “naïve” people. Catholics continue to gather surrounded by police. Show of force feared.
Hanoi’s Catholics continue protests defying the government’s ultimatum
The local government threatens “extreme action” if demonstrations do not cease. Media accuse the church of violence against public officials and of spreading public disorder. The diocese responds accusing media of manipulation and reaffirms its ownership of the Nunciature.
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.
Hanoi police threaten Redemptorists and their supporters
With the clear intention of intimidation, security forces charge the religious with using their influence to incite the faithful in a confrontation with the government, destroying state property, assembling and praying illegally in public areas, and disturbing the public order.
New directive from Hanoi on Church property: nothing will be given back
A norm, with obscure provisions, affirms that the use of ecclesiastical property granted by the state to "organizations" must respect the purpose of this property, and not offend the sentiments of the faithful. Who will be harshly punished if they protest.
Threats and media attacks against the Catholics of Dong Da
After summoning the superior of the Redemptorists, the authorities have launched a campaign of accusations on national television and in the newspapers, with accusations against the faithful who are asking for the restitution of the land of the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Hanoi, and calls for "drastic action" against them.
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