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    » 04/12/2010, 00.00

    VIETNAM

    Archbishop Kiet back in Hanoi



    His return to Vietnamese capital sooner than announced by the same prelate who had gone to Rome to undergo medical treatment. New rumours on the possibility that the prelate will be removed from the archdiocese, as repeatedly requested by local authorities.
    Hanoi (AsiaNews) – Back in Hanoi ahead of schedule, Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet had left the Vietnamese capital on 4 March to undergo medical treatment in Rome, invited by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. Upon his departure, the same prelate spoke of an absence of a couple of months.  
     
    His return on April 9, was announced in a post on the Archdiocese website, but no explanation was given on the shortened absence of Mgr. Kiet. In the days leading up to his return, Eglises d'Asie, had reported the archbishop had arrived in Paris, where he said he had recovered strength and was on the road to recovery.
     
    Mgr. Kiet’s departure for Rome was accompanied by mounting rumours about a possible departure from Hanoi, repeatedly requested by local authorities following controversy over the former apostolic delegation, the parish of Tai Ha and, most recently, the destruction of the cross Dong Chiem . These clashes with the authorities and the attacks – from a venomous media campaign to a police "siege" of the archdiocese - distressed Mgr. Kiet, to the point he was suffering from chronic insomnia.  
     
    Rumours on the removal of the archbishop of Hanoi had gathered pace in recent days in connection with the meeting of the Episcopal Conference, which considered the issue. The Bishops however denied the rumours. Mgr. Kiet himself, to whom priests and faithful are very close, may be the one to clarify the situation, sooner rather than later.
     
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    See also

    14/05/2010 VIETNAM
    Archbishop Kiet: They did not want me to retire, I had to ask the Pope myself
    Letter from the former archbishop of Hanoi that reveals how the Vatican and bishops' conference opposed his request to withdraw. Growing fear among Catholics of government manipulations to create divisions and instil suspicions towards some bishops.

    28/04/2010 VIETNAM
    Hanoi authorities convinced they achieved the removal of Mgr. Kiet
    Deputy minister of information’s comments reveal this belief. He has instructed the state media to not cover the eventual removal of the archbishop, "as if it were an internal affair of Catholics." His statements have raised fears of those who see the appointment of a coadjutor in Hanoi as an agreement between the Holy See and the authorities.

    11/05/2010 VIETNAM - VATICAN
    The archbishop of Hanoi resigns. Triumph of the regime
    The prelate hated by the government should leave by mid-month. State media are preparing to celebrate his departure as a "victory" of the regime, which laid down a "road map" to the Vatican. The most likely hypothesis is that the resignation of Mgr. Ngo is the price to open diplomatic dialogue with the Vatican and to allow a visit by Benedict XVI in Vietnam in 2011. Astonishment and sorrow among the faithful.

    26/04/2010 VIETNAM
    Concern in some Catholic circles, over appointment of Hanoi coadjutor
    Despite repeated statements by Archbishop Kiet, the choice of Mgr. Van Nhon is seen as the result of an agreement between the government and the Vatican, aimed at replacing Mgr. Kiet in exchange for diplomatic relations and a visit by Pope

    23/04/2010 VIETNAM - VATICAN
    President of Bishops' Conference becomes Coadjutor to Archbishop of Hanoi
    Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nhon of Da Lat, 72, is coadjutor to Msgr. Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet, 58. Many suspect that the Holy See has bowed to pressure from the government which wants to remove the archbishop of Hanoi, "instigator of riots." In return there would be diplomatic relations, and Benedict XVI's visit to Vietnam. But the same Bishop. Kiet says: The Holy See has always supported me. The reasons are my health.



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