» 08/29/2011, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Catholic activists and students to be put on trial very soon
According to the authorities, the accused are guilty of trying to “overthrow the people’s administration”. Jailed in the capital, they are also charged with links with the Viet Tan, a banned US-based party. However, the latter’s secretary denies any link. As Catholic hold torchlight processions across the country, Redemptorist Father says protests against human rights abuses and violations will continue.
In the month of Mary, Catholics pray for the unity of the Vietnamese Church
May is celebrated as the “flower month” of Our Lady. The faithful offer devotions, songs, traditional dances and music. Students are grateful for the support they received during their studies and pray for a “new life”. Vietnamese bishop says, “We need unity”.
Vietnamese church launches first ever Justice and Peace Commission
The decision was announced today during the eleventh meeting of the Conference of Bishops. The Commission, the first since the advent of communist rule, will work with bishops and diocesan organizations to defend human rights and religious freedom.
Con Dau faithful appeal to Church leaders, demand justice for arrested Catholics
Parishioners write to Bishops’ Conference and to the Justice and Peace Committee asking for help in freeing six Catholics who were arrested last May and are currently held in prison without trial or evidence. They complain that the decision by local authorities to seize their land in violation of the law jeopardises their “lives and the future of their children”.
Half a million Vietnamese Catholics march through the streets against police violence
Peaceful marches in the provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh. The demonstrators protest against arrests and police violence against Catholics last week, who were attacked by security forces at the ruins of Tam Toa church
Vietnamese priests who follow the Communist party elected to parliament. The faithful are angry.
The Election Commission has released the results of the 22 May general elections. Two priests will sit in the National Assembly, five more will take position at the provincial level. The decision, contrary to the directives of the bishops, undermines "the credibility of the Church." The youth are angry for the "scandal."
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