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Catholics mourn the death of Mgr Van Nghi, defender of religious freedom in Vietnam
The prelate died peacefully at the age of 88 after a life fighting for the freedom of the Church. During his ministry, he resisted abuse, attacks and harassment by Vietnam’s Communist authorities. The faithful appreciated him for the simplicity, clarity and rigour of his pastoral activity.
In Binh Thuan, even the Party paid tribute to Mgr Nguyễn Thanh Hoan, the 'bishop of the poor'
Bishop emeritus of Phan Thiet, he spent a lifetime in the service of the neediest. The prelate promoted the values of "unity, mutual love, and care for the poor," not only in words but also through "concrete actions". In a country divided by the war, he always promoted peace. The authorities and party paid tribute to his remains.
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Nghi Thiet fishermen protest new port: Police beat them
About 700 workers clashed with plainclothes officers who blocked the streets of the city. New facility under construction for past two months and prevents fishing nearby. The government gives insufficient compensation to fishermen.
Thanh Linh: the 'Community of charity and social services' has "its" first priest
Bishop Paul Nguyen Cong Hoan presided over Fr Joseph Dang Van Tiep's ordination. More than 40 priests and a thousand people are present at the event. In his homily, the bishop expressed gratitude for the "gift" of a priest, a source of "encouragement" for the whole community. Operating since 1995, the community is now awaiting for Holy See approval.
Catholics treat poor for free on Lunar New Year
The Thien Thao Duong Clinic in Phan Thiết Diocese (south-central Vietnam) offers free check-ups in rural villages. Set up by Mgr Paul Nguyễn Thanh Hoan, bishop emeritus of Phan Thiet, the facility is based on traditional Vietnamese medicine, and treats some 2,000 patients per week.
Bishop An Shuxin, former underground bishop installed as ordinary of Baoding
There is already an Ordinary (underground) of the diocese: Mgr. James Su, Zhimin, 13 years in prison. The decision to hold the ceremony made quickly by the government, who wanted Mgr. Ma Yinglin, an illegitimate bishop, to preside. Few participants: 24 priests and 300 faithful. The diocese has 120 priests and over 50 thousand faithful. Card. Bertone’s call to unity.
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