» 06/20/2012, 00.00
Communist officials beat Catholics in Quy Chau to seize their land
This is the latest example of abuse of power and act of violence against Vietnamese Catholics. The goal is to force them to give up their land, which the authorities want to sell at a hefty price to rich businessmen. The secretary of the bishop Vinh attacks the government, whilst the bishop of Kontum "asks for equal treatment for Catholics" since "we are citizens too".
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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.
Over a million Vietnamese victimised by forced evictions and violence
Government land policy has increasingly deprived peasants as well as Christian and Buddhist religious groups of their land. Not only is land bought up for paltry sums, but once it is taken away, much of it is left idle, unused. When ordinary Vietnamese protest they are beaten and arrested. Chinese companies and business interests are behind land policy.
Con Dau appeal for help to save their parish
The authorities have ordered the demolition of homes and seized the cemetery to build a luxury tourist resort. Catholics believe that their church is next. For this reason, they wrote to their country’s bishops and to Catholics around the world.
Hanoi : Police ready to use force against Thai Ha Redemptorists
The convent area is surrounded since last night. More police are expected today. Redemptorists fear a violent attack, cognizant of what happened to the Hanoi nunciature in 2008.
From November 24 the Jubilee of the Vietnamese Church
The announcement in a pastoral letter of the episcopate, at the end of its annual meeting. The jubilee will last until 6 January 2011. The bishops have not spoken of a visit of Benedict XVI. Legal Advisory Committee set up to address issues relating to the land of ecclesiastical bodies. Mgr. Thomas Vu Dinh Hieu ordained bishop.
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