» 10/16/2008, 00.00
Vietnamese journalist jailed for exposing regime scandal
Four defendants stood before the court for exposing the PMU 18 bribery affair. Those who defended themselves got harsher sentences.
16/04/2008 VIET NAM
Government announces intention to return land around La Vang shrine
The deputy chairman of the local People’s Committee makes the unexpected announcement. Almost all of the property is involved. Opinions differ as to why the decision was taken.
Thugs attack Thai Ha Catholics as police look on
Goon squad goes into action under the indifferent eye of the police, ransacking, destroying an outdoor altar, and sullying a statue of Our Lady. Hanoi authorities have the archbishop’s residence surrounded, pledging to “severely punish” the archbishop, guilty among other things of trying to exercise his rights that are recognised under law.
After 30 years Caritas is reborn in Vietnam
The government approves bishops’ request to use the name for their “charitable and social activities.” This will allow for a more unified approach at a national, diocesan and parish levels. However Caritas Internationalis does not get the go ahead.
Bishop of Ban Me Thuot to renew the mission among the Montagnards
In an exclusive interview, Mgr Vincent Nguyen Van Ban, the newly-consecrated bishop of central Vietnam, talks about his episcopacy’s priorities: poverty, health care and minority rights. Traditional songs and readings in local languages enliven the ceremony.
Fr Nguyen Van Ly arrested in Huế
The priest was arrested after a building that is part of the Bishop’s Palace compound was searched. Known for his battles in favour of freedom of religion, he has already spent ten years in prison.
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