» 09/11/2013, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Religions united in defence of the diocese of Vinh under attack from Communist authorities
Catholic, Protestant, and Buddhists religious leaders have come together to express their closeness to the local bishop and Catholic community, currently under attack by the authorities and victims of a smear campaign by official media. Unanimously appalled by the "deceitful" and "ruthless actions" of Nghe An provincial leaders, they call on the international community to defend human rights in Vietnam.
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.
Vietnam government under pressure for press campaign and violence against priests
Four faithful out of seven are released. All of them are still waiting to be tried. Another one is under house arrest. A priest is wanted for celebrating Mass with too many faithful; the maximum number allowed is 70, but thousands attended his services.
Diocese of Vinh to appeal judges: acquit three young innocent Catholics
The Commission for Justice and Peace demolish charges under which they were convicted and calls for a just trial "in accordance with international law." The three charged with "propaganda against the state". Catholic leaders: civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution but are not recognized by the Criminal Code.
Bishop of Vinh: Evangelization primary mission of Vietnamese Church
Bishop Paul Nguyen Thai Hop says that the number of Christians in the country, "has grown", but the community still prefers to "custody" rather than "proclaim" the faith . Many initiatives in social work, including a clinic open to all, a network of small pharmacies, schools and diocesan centers. The fundamental role of the laity, who should receive adequate formation.
Buddhists and Christians denounce Hanoi for using law to control religions
Joint document by leaders of major religions in Vietnam , against the limitations to freedom posed by the communist government. The target the 2004 Norm on Religions and the implementation of 2012 Decree. The separation between state and religion is the basis for a democratic country , which must ensure "freedom" and "independence" in religious practice .
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