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Card Marx calls for action to defend religious freedom and the Lovers of the Holy Cross in Thủ Thiêm
At the end of his visit to Vietnam, the German cardinal met the sisters who have become the victims of "red capitalists". For some time, the authorities have tried to demolish the school the nuns run and seize its land. The cardinal praised their work for the sick, children, and marginalised. The provincial superior calls on human rights organisations and Catholics around the world to help.
Diocese will move neither the church, nor the sisters of Thu Thiem
A statement to this effect is released after the Church holds talks with the Religious Affairs Committee of Ho Chi Minh City. The Bishop’s Office continues to consider valid the notion that whenever controversial issues emerge, mass media ought to respect the truth and build “bridges” rather than sow divisions within the community.
"We are all missionaries," said Card Marx during his pastoral visit to Vietnam
The President of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community will remain in the country until 17 January, where he will meet with the main officials and groups of the local Church. The “missionary’s nature is everyone’s vocation. Each of us needs to look at the signs of the times. In particular, we have to look at the example of the Holy Father." For Vietnamese Catholics, the visit is a "milestone", a sign of closeness to the Church harassed by the Communist Party.
18/06/2016 18:44:00 VIETNAM
Hanoi: Sisters of Saint Paul de Chartres defend their property from land grab
For the past three days, nuns have held a sit-in at a disputed property, on which a local businesswoman has set her eyes. As soon as they saw construction workers move in, the sisters complained with police to no avail. After 1954, Vietnam’s Communists seized Church-owned hospitals and schools.
Ho Chi Minh City “moves” sisters, despite their church, nursery, clinic
Authorities take over the very last sliver of a complex, already largely requisitioned, that has gone up in value over the years, ignoring the religious sisters work in favour of the poor and children on the area.
Hanoi’s Redemptorists again demand their property back
An open letter by the superior challenges accusations made by state media. It says the religious group has “all the evidence” as to who owns the property and challenges the authorities to prove that the disputed land was ever donated to the government as claimed.
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