» 10/01/2008, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Video cameras, surveillance, paid demonstrations to intimidate the archbishop of Hanoi
No one can enter or leave the archbishop's residence without being videotaped. The authorities are acting openly, with the clear objective of forcing Archbishop Kiet to resign. Another church raided.
Prime minister threatens Vietnamese Church, relations with Vatican
Receiving the leadership of the bishops' conference, the prime minister asserts that if the archbishop of Hanoi does not change his attitude about Church property, it will have "a negative impact" on relations with the episcopate and with the Holy See.
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.
Prayer vigil in Ho Chi Minh City for parishioners of Thai Ha
5,000 go to the Redemptorist monastery, where a screen displays the faces of the eight faithful who will be tried. University students perform a play about those who were martyred in the attempt to wipe out Catholicism.
Thai Ha trial: thousands of Catholics protest against police
The demonstration took place today, outside of the courthouse where a trial was held against eight faithful of the parish of Thai Ha, accused of "disorder" and "damage of state property." Thousands of policemen tried to contain the crowd and to break up the marches, services, and nighttime vigils. Seven of the accused have been sentenced to 12-15 months in prison.
Archbishop denounces "numerous obstacles" in dialogue with Hanoi authorities
Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet highlights how the government's failure to honor its promise to give back the former building of the nunciature has damaged the trust of the people, and also made it more difficult to resolve the matter of the parish of Thai Ha.
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