» 05/07/2010, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
59 Catholics from Con Dau arrested for accompanying funeral
Letter From Bishop of Nagni, protesting and calling for release of the detained. The government denies the police attack, but admits that the land of the cemetery is no longer usable, since it is destined to become a "residential area".
Ho Chi Minh City, Buddhists and Protestants defend Catholic school from demolition
Local authorities had announced the destruction of the elementary school in Thu Thiem, run by the Sisters Lovers of the Holy Cross. More than 3 thousand people, including Buddhists, Protestants, Redemptorists and faithful of tribal religions, took part in a protest vigil: "These schools have brought benefits to the whole community." On October 25, the demolition was suspended.
Saigon, Catholic buildings targeted by communists. Nuns protest expropriation
Three facilities belonging to the Congregation of the Lovers of the Holy Cross in Thu Thiem targeted by local administration. According to the agreement between the government and Catholic Church, buildings must accommodate schools. The district wants to change their intended use. The leadership of the local Church and the faithful beside the religious in their battle.
Hue priests and faithful defend Thien An monastery targeted by communist authorities
The place of worship under attack by police and thugs hired by the local government. The government wants to seize the property and the park, which is home to a protected forest, to build an amusement park. Catholic students: "psychological terrorism to force the Church to sell the land."
Vietnamese bishops accuse the government crackdown on the destruction of the crucifix
The brutal attack on the crucifix of the cemetery in Hanoi and the destruction of sacred symbols "ingredients of the policies" of the communist regime in resolving disputes. The bishops call for dialogue to find a peaceful solution. The faithful build a new bamboo cross; the police arrest five Catholics and close down the site.
Con Dau Catholics sentence confirmed on appeal
A sham trial in which the court did not even examined the evidence submitted by counsel for the six defendants, who this time had a lawyer. A story that smacks of corruption, exemplary of how the authorities to take advantage of rising land prices and violate the citizens’ rights.
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