» 04/14/2009, 00.00
Easter solidarity in a Vietnam where poverty and marginalisation are at home
The Easter solemnity is celebrated in churches and centres of missionary action among AIDS patients, drug addicts and old people left alone. Government papers praise Easter.
In Ho Chi Minh City calls for justice and prayer for those who “persecute us”
About 7,000 people take part in a prayer vigil during which participants express communion with Hanoi Catholics, victims of a vicious attack by city authorities and the Communist Party. A “drastic action” against the Catholic community is feared.
Greater involvement of the Vietnamese Church in helping the needy
At Easter all available money was used to help the elderly, the sick and needy children. Activities took place in Ho Chi Minh City's Notre Dame Cathedral.
Campaign of intimidation against lawyer representing Thai Ha parishioners continues
Le Tran Luât, legal counsel for people who filed charges against state media for false reporting of their trial, has been detained by police. His office had been raided previously. His Bar Association has threatened to suspend his licence, and an aide has been detained and interrogated.
Vietnamese Church prepares 650 catechumens for baptism
Newcomers to the fold will be baptised on Easter Sunday after completing a journey of faith during Lent. They were introduced to the community in the dioceses of Hanoi and Saigon before thousands of faithful.
The Catholics of Ho Chi Minh City manifest their solidarity with those of Hanoi
Thousands express their support for the peaceful protest in the capital, aimed at obtaining the restitution of territory confiscated from the parish of Thái Hà.
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