» 12/29/2011, 00.00
Young Vinh Catholic kidnapped by police on Christmas Eve
Pierre Nguyên Dinh Cuong was taken by men in plain clothes, without an arrest warrant. The sixteenth since end of July to undergo such treatment. People involved in groups like the John Paul II Center for the defence of life or as the Movement of Catholic entrepreneurs and intellectuals on the rise in northern Vietnam. For weeks, the families left with no knowledge of their whereabouts.
Hanoi, families of imprisoned Catholics appeal to religious leaders to pray for their release
Ten families in the province of Nghe An have written a letter to Catholic, Protestant and Buddhist leaders. They ask for help and prayer, to secure the release of their children "kidnapped" by police. Masses and vigils across the country for religious freedom in Vietnam. Reporters Without Borders and Redemptorists support the Catholic parents struggle.
Priest beaten into a coma by police. Catholics Protest throughout Vietnam
Thousands of the faithful take part in demonstrations and prayer vigils in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The priest in a coma was beaten and then hurled from the 2nd floor of a hospital. Another was savagely beaten while 30 policemen stood by watching. The Diocese of Vinh publicly denounces the episode.
A Con Dau Catholic dies shortly after being released by police
Nguyen Nam was one of the faithful arrested, harassed and beaten since last May, following protests raised by the authorities' decision to use the area of the ancient cemetery of the village to build a tourist centre.
Father Nguyen Van Ly arrested again
The priest, one of the founders of a movement for democracy that calls for an end to single party rule, is serving a sentence of 8 years in prison. He was released last year for serious health condition.
Beatings and arrests of priests and faithful in the historic church of Tam Toa
Built at the end of 1800 and hit by American bombing, what was one of the most beautiful churches in Vietnam was requisitioned by the government as a testament to US war crimes. The diocese has asked in vain for its return, now there is talk of turning it into a tourist resort.
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