Hanoi (AsiaNews/agencies) - Vietnamese authorities have
prevented the literary critic Nguyên Hoang Duc, a firsthand witness in the
of the Card. François-Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân, from getting on the plane bound for Rome. The former
official of the Office for Religious Affairs and Public Safety was expected on
July 5 in the Vatican for the closing ceremony of the diocesan inquiry, with a
view to the beatification of the Vietnamese Cardinal; however, despite the
official invitation, he was blocked by public security officials. Among the
reasons, Hanoi's opposition to the whole process of beatification.
According to the man's story, recounted on the Vietnamese
language edition of Radio Free Asia (RFA), on the evening of 2 July
Nguyên Hoang Duc presented himself at Nôi Bai airport in Hanoi. He presented
his ticket at the gate of the Thai company, the airline he was to travel with
to Italy. However, in response, he was told to present himself at the offices
of public security of the airport.
An official told the Vietnamese critic and intellectual that
he was "not authorized" to leave the country, without specifying the
reasons for the refusal. The agent merely added that he was "following
orders". After various talks and discussions, he managed to establish a
kind of verbal proceedings, in which the refusal to travel abroad imposed by
the authorities was "expressly stated".
Among the reasons for the border police's intervention, is
the "disagreement" of the Communist Government with the canonisation
of the Cardinal, who in his long and troubled life spent 13 years in the
regime's prisons. This highlights the "extended stay" of a high
prelate in government prisons. Then follow other reasons more related to the
"personality" of the literary critic, a former government official,
now a freelance writer and often critical of the authorities.
Hoang Duc you Nguyên today is known and appreciated for his
literary work, but his life is closely linked to that of Card. Van Thuân, on
account of meeting the Cardinal, the desire to convert arose in Mr. Hoang Duc.
According to the former official, "fascinated" by the Cardinal's
personality, there are three "miracles" he received from his meeting
with the Cardinal: conversion to the Christian faith, healing from a disease
and the revelation of a future event. His journey of conversion to Catholicism
and the subsequent baptism are recounted in a text entitled "Way of Faith,
with the Intermediation of François-Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân". A narrative
which has contributed to the beatification of the Vietnamese Cardinal, which
Hanoi authorities want instead to hinder.