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  • Vietnamese Catholics demonstrate despite government threats, -- posted on 19 Jul 2012
  • Blogger Slashed by Thugs, -- posted on 14 Jul 2012
  • Vietnam: Free Catholic Activists, -- posted on 23 May 2012
  • Vietnamese Blogger Dieu Cay, -- posted on 21 Apr 2012
  • Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.: “We admire the commitment of the Province of Vietnam..., -- posted on 18 Nov 2011
  • Press Release: On the abuse of social media system, police and gangs by the communist government of Vietnam against Thai Ha Parish, -- posted on 15 Nov 2011
  • Following the Lord on the path of the Cross, renews our way of thinking, says Pope, -- posted on 31 Aug 2011
  • Cau Ram: thousands of Catholics protest against property seizures, -- posted on 16 Aug 2011
  • Reporters Without Borders: French-vietnamese blogger sentenced to three years in prison, -- posted on 15 Aug 2011
  • Public frustrations soar in Vietnam, -- posted on 05 Aug 2011
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL URGENT ACTION VIETNAMESE BLOGGER "LOSES ARM" IN PRISON , -- posted on 02 Aug 2011
  • Return of Father Nguyen Van Ly to Prison, -- posted on 29 Jul 2011
  • Vietnam: U.S. Ships to Join Exercises, Raising Objections from China, -- posted on 20 Jul 2011
  • Hanoi archbishop protests convent demolition, -- posted on 26 May 2011
  • Vietnam unleashes wave of repression against Hmong Christians, at least 49 dead, -- posted on 16 May 2011
  • Amnesty International Annual Report 2011, -- posted on 16 May 2011
  • Vietnam: 14 Die as Troops Converge On Hmong, -- posted on 10 May 2011
  • Soldiers sent to free kidnapped officials in Vietnam, -- posted on 07 May 2011
  • Vietnam: Ethnic Hmong 'in mass protest in Dien Bien', -- posted on 07 May 2011
  • Ethnic Hmong hold mass protest in Vietnam, -- posted on 07 May 2011
  • Vietnam quashes rare Hmong uprising, -- posted on 07 May 2011
  • Vietnamese Catholics beaten, arrested for supporting human rights lawyer, -- posted on 04 May 2011
  • My revived hatred of communism, -- posted on 18 Feb 2011
  • Vietnamese Catholics bury aborted fetuses, -- posted on 29 Dec 2010
  • More trouble for Vietnam's Redemptorists: monastery turned into state office, -- posted on 26 Dec 2010
  • New wave of harassment against Redemptorists in Vietnam, -- posted on 17 Dec 2010
  • Vietnam's land management system prone to corruption, experts say, -- posted on 29 Nov 2010
  • KonTum Bishop committed to bring The Words to remote regions despite local scrutiny , -- posted on 18 Nov 2010
  • Vietnam youths go online to promote chastity, -- posted on 18 Nov 2010
  • Congressman criticizes conviction of six Catholics in Vietnam as ‘sham court’, -- posted on 04 Nov 2010
  • Heavy sentences against faithful of Con Dau - Catholics protest injustice , -- posted on 27 Oct 2010
  • Former enemies US, Vietnam now military mates , -- posted on 09 Aug 2010
  • Human Rights Watch honours 6 Vietnamese dissident writers who faced political persecution, -- posted on 06 Aug 2010
  • In Visit, Clinton Criticizes Vietnam on Rights, -- posted on 24 Jul 2010
  • Vinh Long nuns keep fighting for justice and truth , -- posted on 15 Jul 2010
  • Vatican moves upset Viet local Church leaders , -- posted on 06 Jul 2010
  • Pope to appoint groundbreaking representative to Vietnam, -- posted on 06 Jul 2010
  • Vietnam: Provincial government tightens its grip on freedom of religion , -- posted on 23 Jun 2010
  • Vietnam, US hold security, defense dialogue, -- posted on 09 Jun 2010

    
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  • Bishop denounces government of shameless ungratefulness
    What happened to parishioners of Thai Ha is now repeating to nuns in Vinh Long who have their guts to ask for the requisition of their monastery: local government officials start to take revenge for their loss of economic benefits.

    In an effort to defame Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, local officials of Vinh Long province have accused the nuns of opposing "the liberation of the country”. In particular, they vaguely charged the nuns of poisoning orphan children with anti-revolution sympathies. It is often a pretense for open persecutions.

    In a letter, signed on Dec. 18, Bishop Thomas Nguyen Van Tan told priests, religious, and lay people of Vinh Long diocese that he had to raise his voice again, even "my voice today is just 'a voice in a desert’ (Mt 3:3) as the voice of the power seems to have prevailed over the voice of justice, of conscience, especially in an era where material things supersede morality, charity and justice.”

    In particular, he condemned the government’s shameless ungratefulness towards charity services of Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul who have continuously served people in the provinces of Ben Tre, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long since 1871.

    "It is so embittering for the sisters, for you, and for me, too,” Bishop Thomas Nguyen wrote. "How we can help not become bitter when running an orphanage is distorted into 'training a generation of unfortunate youth to be an anti-revolution force to oppose the liberation of the country’? How we can help not to feel painful to see the sisters being kicked out of their monastery empty-handed after 31 years serving the poor and the unfortunate?”

    The bishop of Vinh Long, 160km South of Saigon, went on to express his sadness to "see the ruin of the monastery which our brothers and sisters had contributed countless efforts to build for more than a century.”

    Vinh Long was hit hard during the Vietnam war. Catholics in the area, mostly poor peasants who suffered badly due to the insecure condition in the area, had struggled for decades to build the monastery not only to provide spiritual training for religious women but also to provide charity services. In particular, the Church had run an orphanage there during the war.

    How painful Catholics in Vinh Long feel now "to see a place for worshipping God, for praying to Him, for spiritual training, and for providing charity services being converted into a place for entertaining,” Bishop Thomas lamented.

    Realizing that the troubles of the diocese and of Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul have not come to an end yet, he earnestly asked "in the communion of the Catholic Church” for prayers for Vinh Long diocese and for "our brothers and sisters who have to face these difficulties.”

    "As we celebrate this Christmas, let us earnestly implore our God and Savior grant unto the world His true peace, a peace in its fullness that is based on justice and morality,” he concluded.

    The full text of his letter is available at
    http://www.vietcatholic.net/News/Html/62284.htm

    J.B. An Dang

     
     
    Posted on 21 Dec 2008


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