» 01/16/2016, 19.08
Religious freedom attacked again with Catholics and Buddhists as the main target
The Liên Tôn Association, which includes Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, and Caodaists, denounces the first three cases of the new year. The authorities have prevented Hoa Hao Buddhists from celebrating the birth of their founder. The Benedictine monastery in Thien An (Hue), and a priest in Vinh were also targeted.
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.
New directive from Hanoi on Church property: nothing will be given back
A norm, with obscure provisions, affirms that the use of ecclesiastical property granted by the state to "organizations" must respect the purpose of this property, and not offend the sentiments of the faithful. Who will be harshly punished if they protest.
Buddhist group slams Hanoi for squeeze on religious freedom
The Paris-based International Buddhist Information Bureau (IBIB) warns that a new government decree, set to take effect on 1 January, imposes greater controls on worship. It gives the authorities a "wider margin of manoeuvre" to go after those who refuse to follow the rules.
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."
Ho Chi Minh City, the Redemptorists superior banned from leaving the country
Fr. Vincent Pham Trung Thanh was held for hours in the airport, and then sent home without any explanation. The Redemptorists are being targeted by police. They are active in defending the rights of the poor against social injustices, such as the illegal expropriation of land. They support the protests against China's aggressive stance.
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