» 03/30/2015, 00.00
Paul N. Hung
Kontum, communist authorities threaten to tear down 22 chapels. Appeal from Bishop
The leadership of Djak Tô district want to demolish dozens of private premises used for prayers and functions. The area lacks churches and in the past, people would travel up to 100 km to attend mass. Faithful turn to the bishop, who responds with a letter. While calling for calm, the prelate recalls the right to religious freedom recognized by the government.
Vietnamese Catholics attacked while carrying Christmas gifts to orphans
Attack took place in Kontum, where a group of volunteers were blocked by police and forced to turn back. One of the assaulted, tortured by the head of the local Communist Party, ended up in hospital with multiple internal injuries.
New Bishop of Kontum, a diocese wounded by poverty, leprosy and lack of religious freedom
Msgr. Aloisio Nguyễn Hùng Vi, 63, was appointed by Pope Francis on October 7 and will replace Msgr. Michael Hoàng Duc Oanh. Ethnic diversity, poverty and hostile attitude of the government the most pressing issues. "I chose the motto 'Caritas in Veritate' to remind me that I have to love selflessly. We build the Kingdom of God in mission lands".
Religious freedom denied: Bishop of Kontum slams church demolition
In an open letter Msgr. Michael Hoang Duc Oanh denounces communist authorities attacks on faithful. At the center of the dispute a place of worship subject to extension work. In response, parishioners take turns holding vigil to protect the building.
Hanoi seminary to admit candidates every year
Seminary not allowed though to build housing for seminarians. Government still imposes restrictions on the country's five other major seminaries.
No “power or influence” can shake Catholic communities
The faithful face a lot of difficulties in places like Son La where the authorities have decreed that “there is no need for religion” and enforced a ban on Mass for years. Now the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom has come to town.
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