» 04/12/2010, 00.00
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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