» 10/06/2008, 00.00
Vietnamese bishops: "path of dialogue opened" with government
In a message, the bishops' conference refers to the meeting with the prime minister: it is possible to talk together, but the road is long and strewn with difficulties and obstacles. The affair of the parish of Mạc Thượng: thugs in action for one week straight, after a request that church land be returned.
At a difficult time for Vietnamese Church, ordination of bishop of Bac Ninh
Thousands of faithful have celebrated with Bishop Hoang Van Dat, in recent weeks one of the targets of the disinformation campaign by authorities. Human Rights Watch asks the government to put an end to the violence against Catholics, and to release those who have been arrested.
New threats and attacks by authorities against the Redemptorists in Vietnam
Officials order the religious men of the church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ho Chi Minh City to remove articles, described as "anti-government", from their newsletter. The texts speak of religious property disputes and attacks against Catholics. The Superior forced to attend a "working session".
Prayer vigil in Ho Chi Minh City for parishioners of Thai Ha
5,000 go to the Redemptorist monastery, where a screen displays the faces of the eight faithful who will be tried. University students perform a play about those who were martyred in the attempt to wipe out Catholicism.
Redemptorists of Hanoi ask government to guarantee respect for the law
In an urgent appeal to the highest state authorities, the religious ask for the release of those who have been arrested illegally, the punishment of officers responsible for violence, and the end of the unfounded claims by the local authorities to the lands belonging to the Redemptorists and to the parish of Thai Ha.
Vietnamese bishops see challenges not only from 'outside'
The annual meeting of the Conference of Bishops concludes today. For the first time a "non-resident representative of the Holy See” is present, to which intellectuals and ordinary believers look to solve the problems of a church that sees growth of both the baptized and the authorities attempts to "safeguard".
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