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Saigon: Redemptorists praying for the release of Catholic activist Jang Xuan Dieu
Jailed for crimes of opinion, he maintained his innocence during the trial and is now on a hunger strike. Prison officials have prevented his relatives from seeing him. Meanwhile, his health is deteriorating. Priests express their solidarity and concern for the affair, shaken by the real pain endured by the family, sharing in their suffering.
Vietnamese Catholic activist on hunger strike in protest against prison abuse
Maria Ta Phong Tan, who was sentenced in 2012 to 10 years for "anti-government propaganda", has refused food for three weeks. The woman denounces "mistreatment" of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in the Vietnamese prisons. Family members fear for her health. In the past, she was ridiculed by the other prisoners following her mother’s self-immolation.
Catholic lawyer in jail on false charges prays and fasts before his trial
Hunger strike is increasingly becoming a tool of civic protest against prison conditions and illegal arrests. Le Quoc Quan goes to court on 9 July on 'tax evasion' charges. For activists, this is a ploy the authorities used to imprison him. Barred from his profession, he has continued the fight for rights on his blog.
Vietnam, arrested Catholic activist on hunger strike
Le Quoc Quan, well known lawyer and blogger has refused food for four days. His state of health unknown. Family and lawyers not allowed to see him. He is accused of tax evasion, the lastest government "ploy” to silence the voices of dissent in the country.
Thousands attend Fr Etienne Chan Tin's funeral, Christian symbol of the struggle for rights
The Redemptorist clergyman died on 1 December at the age of 92. He fought against various regimes and acts of oppression in his writings and speeches. Civil society and the witness of the Christian faith were at the centre of his political battles. For him, "forgiveness" as a Christian commandment and an element of the national culture was an important value.
Vietnamese Priest: Church's social doctrine, to promote charity and justice
Catholics denounce the lack of mutual trust and shallow relationships. Problems "internal" plus the restrictions on religious freedom. To serve this "good shepherds" to promote the "communion" among the faithful. Learning from positive examples, as John Paul II and Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan.
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