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Carmelite monastery and Church property targeted, archbishop of Hanoi says
In a letter to government and municipal authorities, the prelate reiterates legitimate Catholic rights. He condemns the demolition of an historic sacred place whose religious function should be preserved. He appeals to the faithful to pray and defend the Church's "rightful rights".
Hanoi Carmelite monastery under government bulldozers. Appeal of the Catholics
The city administration had long threatened threatened the demolition of the historic building, to seize the land and "build a hospital." Church leaders claim legitimate ownership of the area and are appealing to the Prime Minister. Catholic sources accuse "secret projects", "very different" from the official statements.
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Police attack again Thien An monastery in Hue
The Communist authorities have set their eyes on the monastery’ land. On 26 June police stopped the monks from building a path. The following day the abbot sent a petition of protest to local and international authorities. The monastery can lose its case if the authorities “ignore the law,” said one monk.
False priests appear on Hanoi media to discredit Catholics
In the dispute over Thai Ha parish property, state TV and government newspapers introduce party officials as priests. For the diocese these men "were ‘ordained’ by the government."
Archbishop of Hanoi in Rome for medical treatment
Archbishop Kiet in Italy since March 5. Before leaving, he reassured those who fear an Vatican agreement with the Vietnamese Government which has repeatedly called for his removal from the capital.
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
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