» 11/30/2010, 00.00
VIETNAM - VATICAN
No sign of improvement for Vietnamese Church life
Authorities actions against institutions and people continue. Bishop of Kontum stopped and threatened. Instructions to the "patriotic Catholics" for a campaign of "good citizenship" to be organized ahead of Christmas. For the first time the bishops do not meet the premier.
03/09/2009 VIETNAM - VATICAN
The Bishop of Vinh commends the faithful for their solidarity with the Catholics of Tam Toa
Bishop Paul Mary Cao Dinh Thuyen saddened by the violence against Catholics beaten and injured by police and thugs. The visit by the Vietnamese ambassador to Italy with Msgr. Balestrero, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, presented as Vatican support for policy of Hanoi government.
The President and the Government of Vietnam will visit the Vatican
The news is given by Cardinal Pham Minh Man and confirmed by the government. The hope of the Catholics is to meet with Benedict XVI on the occasion of the special jubilee anniversary, which starts in November this year and ends Epiphany of 2011. New pastoral impetus in wake of bishops ad limina visit.
Vietnamese Catholics in communist society, amidst progress and discrimination
While the government cements relations with the Holy See, Vietnamese Catholics are working together with fellow Communists for the good of the country. But the Church still suffers discrimination that limits the effectiveness of its mission. Vice president of the bishops: “There are still many internal conflicts among the people, but we can overcome them with mutual understanding, aiming to build the future of the country together.
Thousands of Vietnamese Catholics in prayer against government arrests
Protests of the faithful against the crackdown imposed by the government in recent weeks after more than 40 arrests. A Mass to remember the raids by police in the Diocese of Vinh and Thanh Hoa. Priest in Saigon: non-Catholics also involved. For the Vietnamese "The days of silence are over."
Archbishop of Hanoi against the demolition of Sisters of Saint Paul convent
The bishop sent a letter to the "competent authorities at all levels", claiming the rightful ownership of the building. Yesterday a meeting with the local government, described as "a waste of time." The pain of the faithful for the continuing cases of forced evictions, despite a 2004 law to protect places of worship.
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