» 11/07/2009, 00.00
No end to authorities battle against religion in Vinh
Riot police and bulldozers to remove a statue of the Virgin from a Catholic cemetery, a priest and his parishioners reported to the police for bringing the author of threats to a priest to the station.
Priest beaten into a coma by police. Catholics Protest throughout Vietnam
Thousands of the faithful take part in demonstrations and prayer vigils in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The priest in a coma was beaten and then hurled from the 2nd floor of a hospital. Another was savagely beaten while 30 policemen stood by watching. The Diocese of Vinh publicly denounces the episode.
Fr. Nguyen Van Ly suffers a stroke in prison
The priest, a symbol of the struggle for religious freedom and democracy in Vietnam is semi-paralyzed, but can speak and responds to treatment. He was admitted to the military hospital in Hanoi and is being followed by the chief of cardiology. Family members report that he is "well treated" and "thanks" the doctors.
Bishop of Kontum held by police on charges of having "baptized people"
Bishop Michael Hoang Duc Oanh was able to celebrate Easter Mass in the Montagnard village of Lang Son, where he was prevented froming celebrating Christmas. He found policemen and women of the Communist League outnumbering the faithful.
Bishop of Vinh Long protests over the demolition of a convent
Monsignor Thomas Nguyen Van Tan in a letter to the faithful laments the destruction of a holy place despite the protests of the diocese and the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, to make a square and at the beginning of the month dedicated to the dead he recalls the demolition of the Catholic cemetery, turned into a park.
Catholics protest in Cau Ram over historic church turned into flats
The Vietnamese government had recognised the area as a ‘memorial site’ because it was damaged by US planes. Local officials have signed a deal with a contractor worth millions of dollars.
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