3 May, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 07/13/2011
VIETNAM
Ho Chi Minh City, the Redemptorists superior banned from leaving the country
by Kelly-Ann Nguyen
Fr. Vincent Pham Trung Thanh was held for hours in the airport, and then sent home without any explanation. The Redemptorists are being targeted by police. They are active in defending the rights of the poor against social injustices, such as the illegal expropriation of land. They support the protests against China's aggressive stance.

Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) - "The police stopped me at the last control point, after I had completed all the procedures at the airport. They kept me in custody for hours before they ordered me to go home without any explanation", said the provincial superior of the Redemptorists in Vietnam, Fr. Vincent Pham Trung Thanh, to AsiaNews as he was prevented from leaving on July 10 last from Tan Son Nhat airport for Singapore, where he was to attend the provincial conference of the Redemptorists in East Asia and Oceania. The conference took place at the monastery of Novedia July 11 to 13.

The incident has prompted the Vietnamese province of the order to issue a press release, which has accused the police of Saigon of grossly violating the rights of the Superior, preventing him from leaving the country to attend a religious event, and also denying permission to celebrate Mass at a pro life rally. According to Vietnamese law people not permitted to leave the country should be informed one month in advance. This rule does not apply to criminals on the run, or those convicted of a crime, but the religious does not fall into either category.

Father Vincent Pham Trung Thanh has written a letter of protest to the Committee for Religious Affairs of Saigon, highlighting his suffering in the hours of arrest, until finally the security forces told him he was on the list of people forbidden to cross the border. Vincent Pham Trung Thanh has already been the subject of violations of his rights by the regime, the situation has worsened recently when the government began to suppress the manifestations of those who expressed concern at the aggressive attitude of China, and the weak response of the government in Hanoi.

It is the second time that the Provincial of the Redemptorists was prevented from leaving Vietnam. A similar incident happened Dec. 28, 2010, when he had to leave for the United States. A few weeks before that date, local security officials summoned him to "working sessions" at a government office. During the meeting officials from different government departments in turn took the floor to criticize the Redemptorists, accusing them of preaching anti-government sentiments, of incitement to disorder, demonstrations and violation of the law.

AsiaNews asked him if he wants to send a message to the public. The cleric has expressed deep concern for the Church in Vietnam, where the religious rights and moral values appear at a low ebb. He called on Catholics to be united and pray for the Church and the country. "I am deeply concerned about the situation in Vietnam, where everyone helplessly watches as our homeland piece by piece fall into the hands of Chinese aggressors, and the government is only concerned with arresting and punishing patriots fighting for national integrity." The Province of the Redemptorists in Vietnam is Asia's largest religious community. Over the past 20 years, it has grown from 179 to 278 members, including 168 priests who live in 20 houses around the country. There are also 220 postulants. The Redemptorists are playing an active role in defending the poor against social injustices such as the illegal expropriation of land.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
01/20/2011 VIETNAM
Redemptorists superior: religious freedom in Vietnam is the basis of all rights
by J.B. Vu
09/26/2011 VIETNAM
Ho Chi Minh: thousands of Catholics pray for religious freedom and civil rights
by Nguyen Hung
11/25/2008 VIETNAM
Trial against eight Catholics from Thai Ha begins December 5
12/15/2010 VIETNAM
New threats and attacks by authorities against the Redemptorists in Vietnam
11/18/2008 VIETNAM
Thousands of Catholics bring solidarity to Thai Ha
by J.B. An Dang

Editor's choices
NEPAL – ASIA
Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivorsThe Italian Bishops’ Conference has pledged € 3 million in emergency medical assistance. The South Korean Church has allocated funds for the displaced. India, Pakistan and China are already on the ground. A Chinese airline has hiked ticket fares to evacuate its nationals. Israel is selective in its help, airlifting 25 children of surrogate mothers and gay couples.
VATICAN
Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity"A good shepherd is like Christ, someone who “is a guide, who participates in the life of His flock. He pursues no other interests, for He has no other ambition but to lead, nurture and protect his sheep. All of this comes at the highest price, that of the sacrifice of His own life.” When the pope met the crowd at the window of his study, two new priests stood by his side.
VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.