» 08/16/2011, 00.00
Paul N. Hung
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 Saigon calls on government to respect religious freedom
Cardinal Phnam Minh Man writes to the Prime Minister, denouncing a gradual deterioration in the rights of the faithful. Draft government legislation stipulates greater State control, acting in an arbitrary manner in granting of the practice of worship. The concern of the Vietnamese bishops.
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.
Con Dau faithful appeal to Church leaders, demand justice for arrested Catholics
Parishioners write to Bishops’ Conference and to the Justice and Peace Committee asking for help in freeing six Catholics who were arrested last May and are currently held in prison without trial or evidence. They complain that the decision by local authorities to seize their land in violation of the law jeopardises their “lives and the future of their children”.
Hanoi intensifies repression: six Con Dau faithful charged
Indicted for clashes in wake of police attack on faithful attempting to bury parishioner in centuries old parish cemetery. The body was forcibly taken and cremated. Government denies incident. State media portray charges as a victory.
Hanoi frees prisoners of conscience on the anniversary of reunification
A young Mennonite woman and a Catholic priest are among those released. But for Amnesty International Vietnam is still far from guaranteeing freedom of religion and of expression. Nothing is known of Rev Pham Ngoc Lien who was also scheduled to be released.
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