» 05/21/2016, 09.57
To please Obama, Hanoi releases Catholic human rights icon Fr. Van Ly
The communist authorities have released the priest in his 70's, leader of the struggle for rights and religious freedom. The years in jail have taken their toll physically, but not on his spirit. He is "bright and determined." Activists say his release is a gift to Obama on the eve of his trip to Vietnam.
23/05/2016 09:18:00 VIETNAM - UNITES STATES
Obama arrives in Vietnam and lifts US embargo on arms sales
At the start of official three-day visit , the White House announces the complete removal of the embargo on the sale of weapons, in place for decades. Hanoi and Washington seek to boost trade (TTP) and safety. The objective is to form a common front against China. 78% of Vietnamese "in favor" of the US.
Kontum: attack against priest and Christians generating "frustration and misunderstanding"
In a pastoral letter, Mgr Michael Hoang Duc Oanh slams the attack against Fr Luy. He announces that he would celebrate Easter Mass in the place where the violence took place. In 2011, the prelate had already challenged the authorities, celebrating Easter in a Montagnard community that he had been unable to visit for Christmas.
11/02/2016 13:41:00 VIETNAM
Despite persecution, the desire for religious freedom is growing
In a challenge to the authorities, an activist group, the Association for the Defence of Religious Liberty, releases a report on violations of religious freedom in 2014 and 2015 affecting Protestants, Catholics (Redemptorists, Sisters) and non-official Buddhists. The country’s proposed new religious legislation is criticised as a step backward in terms of freedom and rights.
03/02/2017 12:18:00 VIETNAM
Hue, plainclothes police attack a group of priests and block prayer service
Fr. Phan Van Loi reports new crackdown by the authorities. Over the past two months there has been a significant increase in controls on the local community and the movements of priests. Attack over Thien An monastery, the center of a dispute between Catholics and Communist leaders for the possession of land.
22/06/2013 VIETNAM - VATICAN
Year of Faith: Saigon celebrates 25th anniversary of Vietnamese martyrs canonization
The parishes of the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City organize solemn masses. Cardinal Pham Minh Man: sign "of God's love for us," the martyrs "died for mission" in Vietnam. The celebrations were also joined by several parishes in Hanoi and Hue. The martyrs of yesterday example for the persecuted Christians of today.
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