» 09/22/2008, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Thugs attack Thai Ha Catholics as police look on
Goon squad goes into action under the indifferent eye of the police, ransacking, destroying an outdoor altar, and sullying a statue of Our Lady. Hanoi authorities have the archbishop’s residence surrounded, pledging to “severely punish” the archbishop, guilty among other things of trying to exercise his rights that are recognised under law.
In Ho Chi Minh City calls for justice and prayer for those who “persecute us”
About 7,000 people take part in a prayer vigil during which participants express communion with Hanoi Catholics, victims of a vicious attack by city authorities and the Communist Party. A “drastic action” against the Catholic community is feared.
Catholic seminarians work for the first time in state-run leprosarium
The young men provided summer pastoral services in the Van Mon facility; patients and medical staff are grateful for the assistance offered by the future priests.
After the “great turmoil” comes the joy of an auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Kiet says
In a letter to the faithful, the archbishop of Hanoi highlights the statement by the Bishops’ Council on “frank and direct” dialogue and prayer. There are fears that attacks against the prelate by Hanoi mayor, “rising star’ in Vietnam’ politics, will continue.
Hanoi authorities renew their attack against Thai H Redemptorists
Clergymen are summoned by police reacting to a complaint filed by the monastery’s superior against a construction plan that involves seizing more parish-owned land.
In Hanoi thugs again in action in front of archbishop’s office
An iron cross erected in the garden of the former apostolic delegation is destroyed. Redemptorists demand respect for the law. US Commission on International Religious Freedom calls on the State Department to place again Vietnam on its worst offenders list.
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