» 09/09/2008, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
False priests appear on Hanoi media to discredit Catholics
In the dispute over Thai Ha parish property, state TV and government newspapers introduce party officials as priests. For the diocese these men "were ‘ordained’ by the government."
Campaign of intimidation against lawyer representing Thai Ha parishioners continues
Le Tran Luât, legal counsel for people who filed charges against state media for false reporting of their trial, has been detained by police. His office had been raided previously. His Bar Association has threatened to suspend his licence, and an aide has been detained and interrogated.
Police raid Redemptorists in Hanoi
This morning, officers moved in on the faithful gathered in prayer, arresting at least three. The policeman then photographed and videotaped those who continued praying.
Thousands of Catholics at prayer vigil in Ho Chi Minh City
Simultaneously with the ceremony, which was intended to express solidarity with the faithful of Hanoi, police in the capital intervened forcefully to disperse the faithful. Arrests and beatings.
Ruling against eight Thai Ha Catholics to be appealed
Hanoi’s Court of Appeal will hear the request for trial review. Despite the light sentence the defendants want their names cleared. False reports by state media were one of the factors triggering their appeal.
After 31 years Thai Binh seminary to reopen
The authorities return the facility to the diocese. From September it will house 33 students. Some of them had started their journey towards the priesthood before it was shut down.
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