» 04/11/2014, 00.00
Vietnamese political prisoner Dinh Dang Dinh dies as a 'son of God'
Jailed for "anti-state propaganda," the teacher and famous anti-bauxite mining activist developed a tumour behind bars. The authorities eventually released him for medical care, but only when the disease was in its final state. As the end was approaching, he asked to be baptised and become Catholic. Saigon Redemptorists celebrated his funeral in front of a crowd of activists and ordinary people.
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.
Lent of prayer and solidarity with Catholic and non-Catholic poor in Bùi Chu
The diocese, located in northern Vietnam, sponsored a number of initiatives in favour of the less fortunate, regardless of their religious beliefs. A young mother is grateful for the solidarity she experienced during her illness. A 75-years-old atheist woman thanks "religion" for the support she was given. Students go on pilgrimages and retreats to prepare for Easter.
Vietnam minister resigns amid graft scandal
Dao Dinh Binh has handed in his resignation to the premier, following a scandal of corruption charges levelled at many ministry employees. "I am responsible for what happened". State media have been clamouring for his resignation for days.
After 50 years, a public memorial Mass for South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem allowed
For the first time, Catholics and others attended a memorial service for the president murdered on 2 November 1963 by his generals backed by Washington. A nationalist and patriot, he represented an alternative to Ho Chi Minh for many Vietnamese. So far, Hanoi has muddied (and tarnished) his memory.
Four new priests ordained in Nam Dinh
For the first time, the ordination took place in a parish. The new priests form part of the Society of Mission and Annunciation (SMA) set up just 10 years ago by Cardinal Paul Joseph Pham Dinh Tung.
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