» 05/09/2011, 00.00
Vietnam unleashes wave of repression against Hmong Christians, at least 49 dead
Army and security forces attack thousands of demonstrators calling for reforms and respect for religious freedom. Hundreds of arrests and disappearances. Electricity and communications cut. The U.S. Embassy announces its intention to investigate the matter.
Hanoi steps up persecution of Montagnard Christians
A report by Human Rights Watch and the Montagnard Foundation confirms repression knows no limits. Hundreds of people in prison for their faith, while campaign to force "renunciation of religion" is stepped up.
Ho Chi Minh: thousands of Catholics pray for religious freedom and civil rights
The Redemptorists of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City close to those who have been arrested for their faith or political activity. Even former Communist party leaders and managers are turning to Christian groups, asking for help and prayer. Yesterday, authorities arrested another young Catholic member of the choir of the Redemptorists.
Vinh: amid threats and attacks, 50 thousand Catholics pray for release of the two parishioners
Tens of thousands of faithful at the Mass on October 6 , ask for the release of two faithful unjustly imprisoned. The function was held in an area marked by the devastation caused by typhoon Witif . Not far away soldiers and paramilitary militias held urban warfare exercises in riot gear.
Bishop Dac Trong, the struggle of the Vietnamese Church under Communism
The diocese of Hanoi publishes the memoirs of the auxiliary bishop who died on September 7. "Story of an era" narrates, in diary form, the life of the Church in the country since the advent of communism to this day. The events of the '50s to today tells of the sufferings of bishops, priests and lay people and offers useful elements to understand the relevance of Christianity in Vietnam.
More violence against Hmong in the northern Vietnam
Freedom House denounces threats by police to force people to recant, as well as the seizure of lands and houses.
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