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After 50 years, a public memorial Mass for South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem allowed
For the first time, Catholics and others attended a memorial service for the president murdered on 2 November 1963 by his generals backed by Washington. A nationalist and patriot, he represented an alternative to Ho Chi Minh for many Vietnamese. So far, Hanoi has muddied (and tarnished) his memory.
Vietnam government under pressure for press campaign and violence against priests
Four faithful out of seven are released. All of them are still waiting to be tried. Another one is under house arrest. A priest is wanted for celebrating Mass with too many faithful; the maximum number allowed is 70, but thousands attended his services.
Hanoi remembers Card. Pham Dinh Tung, the foundation stone of the Church
Thousands of the faithful with all the bishops and priests attend Mass on the anniversary of his death. Archbishop Kiet: "For us he was the creator of solidarity and unity."
20/05/2011 SRI LANKA
Difficult reconciliation between North and South, as government aid proves insufficient
Two years since the end of the civil war, the South is now enjoying the fruits of peace. The North, instead, is still faced with unsolved problems: jobless refugees, invasive military presence and abandoned war widows. Some Tamils bear witness to the situation.
Vietnamese political prisoner Dinh Dang Dinh dies as a 'son of God'
Jailed for "anti-state propaganda," the teacher and famous anti-bauxite mining activist developed a tumour behind bars. The authorities eventually released him for medical care, but only when the disease was in its final state. As the end was approaching, he asked to be baptised and become Catholic. Saigon Redemptorists celebrated his funeral in front of a crowd of activists and ordinary people.
21/03/2006 SOUTH KOREA NORTH KOREA
Separated families meet amid rising tensions
This is the thirteenth such reunion after the first historic meeting in 2000. Meanwhile, tension between the two Koreas remains high thanks to imminent military exercises with the US, "a foreign and hostile nation".
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