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Mission among the Montagnards living in remote areas
Kontum diocese covers an area that is home to 2 million people and 40 ethnic minorities. Its initiatives include six new shelters for orphans and works run by Dominican nuns.
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Church against the pollution of Montagnard water resources in Kon Tum
Unfettered industrial development and the lack of government enforcement of environmental protection threaten the existence of local tribal communities. "Many children have contracted scabies. Adults are pale," said the local diocese’s charity and social committee. Local authorities confirm that "about 80 per cent of the poor are affected by illnesses due to contaminated water." Local clergymen and nuns are very aware of the importance of environmental protection for the health of local communities. Water contamination is a growing problem in the region.
In the Montagnard region, Easter Mass is used to deny religious freedom
With the pretext of authorising religious celebrations, authorities in the province of Kontum, where the Montagnard ethnic minority live, control and limit the rights of Catholics. State propaganda continues to describe the Church as a hostile force.
Vietnamese court convicts eight Montagnard as a "threat" to national unity
Sentences range from three to 11 years in prison. Membership in a Catholic group "not recognised" by the state was an aggravating factor. For decades, Vietnam's Communist authorities have oppressed the minority. US activist says charges are a pretext to crush religious freedom and deny basic rights.
Montagnards denied the right to celebrate Mass for the start of the New Year
Local People’s Committee chairman claims that since Tết is not a Catholic celebration Catholics have no right to celebrate Mass for this occasion. Police is ordered to arrest anyone who violates the ban.
Rights of Catholics better respected in Phan Thiêt
The diocese fought to see its legal rights upheld.
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