» 12/30/2010, 00.00
Da Nang bishop says no to violence and lies about Con Dau Catholics
According to a party newspaper, the bishop backs the crackdown against Catholics. Concerns are mounting that another wave of repression against the population is going to take place after local residents lost their homes and the church cemetery to a government land grab.
Police threatens violence against Cồn Dầu Catholics
Since 2010, Đà Nẵng authorities want to knock down the Cồn Dầu parish church and cemetery to build a tourist resort. Police and officials raid the homes of families who have not yet left, threaten the vicar who must leave the parish within three months.
Vietnamese police cracks down on pro-national sovereignty protests
The authorities’ attack was particularly harsh last Sunday on people peacefully demonstrating against China’s strong-arm tactics and violent behaviour. Catholics are especially concerned by the authorities’ possible acquiescence towards China’s model of ‘patriotic Church’.
Bishops in Thai Ha to express solidarity; crackdown on those who talk to media
A steady stream of people continue to join the demonstrators asking for the restitution of parish land. Some are coming by bicycle, because police are blocking the buses used to transport the faithful. Efforts to keep information from getting to the news agencies, including AsiaNews.
Catholic convent demolished in Vietnam
The two-storey building was home to the Order of the Brothers of The Holy Family of Banam. Its altar and votive statues were thrown into a rubbish dump. Church properties are being seized by the authorities to be turned into hotels or tourist resorts. Catholic leaders lament the violation of religious freedom in the country.
Discrimination and hostility making Vietnamese Catholics more united
Surveillance of the religious, cultural, and social activities of the faithful continues: members of the communist youth movement are recording classes for the police. The Politburo praises the government media for their campaign of defamation, but the national news agency praises the humanitarian activities of the faithful. Meanwhile, the number of young people who want to learn more about the Church's social doctrine is rising.
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