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No “power or influence” can shake Catholic communities
The faithful face a lot of difficulties in places like Son La where the authorities have decreed that “there is no need for religion” and enforced a ban on Mass for years. Now the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom has come to town.
22/09/2005 VATICAN VIETNAM
Cardinal Sepe to visit Vietnam in November
The visit is strictly pastoral and has no bearing on diplomatic talks. A new diocese in Ba Ria is to be inaugurated.
In Hanoi thugs again in action in front of archbishop’s office
An iron cross erected in the garden of the former apostolic delegation is destroyed. Redemptorists demand respect for the law. US Commission on International Religious Freedom calls on the State Department to place again Vietnam on its worst offenders list.
18/11/2005 VIETNAM VATICAN
Making history, 57 deacons to be ordained in northern Vietnam
Cardinal Sepe, who is scheduled to visit the country in late November, will ordain the new deacons. According to Hanoi's Seminary, the large number of candidates is a sign that important changes are taking place in the Church and the government.
Kontum, communist authorities threaten to tear down 22 chapels. Appeal from Bishop
The leadership of Djak Tô district want to demolish dozens of private premises used for prayers and functions. The area lacks churches and in the past, people would travel up to 100 km to attend mass. Faithful turn to the bishop, who responds with a letter. While calling for calm, the prelate recalls the right to religious freedom recognized by the government.
Authorities in Hue trying to seize land where a small country church stands
What is happening in Hanoi is spreading. A campaign of intimidation and harassment is underway elsewhere in the country to seize land whose owner passed away but where he had allowed the construction of a small church.
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