» 05/11/2010, 00.00
VIETNAM - VATICAN
J.B. An Dang - E. Nguyen
The archbishop of Hanoi resigns. Triumph of the regime
The prelate hated by the government should leave by mid-month. State media are preparing to celebrate his departure as a "victory" of the regime, which laid down a "road map" to the Vatican. The most likely hypothesis is that the resignation of Mgr. Ngo is the price to open diplomatic dialogue with the Vatican and to allow a visit by Benedict XVI in Vietnam in 2011. Astonishment and sorrow among the faithful.
Archbishop Kiet back in Hanoi
His return to Vietnamese capital sooner than announced by the same prelate who had gone to Rome to undergo medical treatment. New rumours on the possibility that the prelate will be removed from the archdiocese, as repeatedly requested by local authorities.
New priestly ordinations in Hanoi
Archbishop Kiet: They did not want me to retire, I had to ask the Pope myself
Letter from the former archbishop of Hanoi that reveals how the Vatican and bishops' conference opposed his request to withdraw. Growing fear among Catholics of government manipulations to create divisions and instil suspicions towards some bishops.
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.
Hanoi, fresh attacks on Thai Ha Catholics’ property
The communist authorities want to expropriate more land belonging to the Redemptorists . Development plans and economic interests behind the seizure. Priests and faithful say the measure is "illegal", unethical and violates the rights of the Christian community.
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