» 02/01/2008, 00.00
VIETNAM – VATICAN
Out of “respect for the Pope’ the government yields the former nunciature to Hanoi Catholics
The still unofficial report comes a day after Cardinal Bertone writes a letter to the capital’s archbishop who met again local authorities over the matter. Prayer “protests” had been going since before Christmas.
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.
A decalogue for the "prayer protests" of the Catholics in Hanoi
A series of principles of behaviour has been elaborated by the young people who are participating in the peaceful sit-in at the former building of the apostolic delegation. The newspaper of the communist party and the official news agency say the archbishop has been meeting with the leader of the Patriotic Front.
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.
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.
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