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  • Vietnam: Clinton Should Spotlight Internet Freedom , -- posted on 31 Aug 2012
  • 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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  • Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul halt protests
    Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in Saigon who have been keeping several day and night vigils in front of their home at 32 Bis Nguyen thi Dieu St trying to put a stop to the government's plan to turn it into a night club have just been told to pack up and withdraw from their post at the order of their provincial superior - sister Justina Tran Thi Tuoi.

    The order came as a shock and a disappointment to the mild - mannered, soft spoken but determined nuns who have planned to fight to the end of this long overdue process of demanding their home back. They all broke down and cried in resentment when leaving the premise as reported to VietCatholic News.

    32 Bis Nguyen Thi Dieu has long been home to the order since 1959 as a gift from the French Red Cross. After 1975 when Vietnam communist took control of South Vietnam, like the rest of the country, this particular home of theirs had been put under management of Bureau of Education in the Third district of Saigon with the promise made by the government on Oct 15,1975to recognize the ownership of the Sisters of Charity on the house, and they would use it just for educational purposes.

    Until this day, the promise remains just a promise. An empty one.

    Vietnam government has long been criticized for mishandling the land-use right, causing a wave of resentment and social unrests among people from all walks of life from North to South. Many protests have been organized throughout the country to protest government's appropriation of their land, after the owners had exhausted all efforts to resolve the issue with the government in papers. Some protest turned violent such as the events in Nghe An province several months ago or in Kien Giang province on Dec 19 where farmers were driven into a bloody clash with the police. The Catholic Church was no exception in becoming victimized by the patchy and blurry state policy on land use right.

    Like the former Hanoi nunciature and Thai Ha incidents, where parishioners and priests have been fed up with waiting all those years in vain for the government to honor its words in returning land and property to them the rightful owners and eventually had no choice but to go on protesting, the Sisters of Charity’s quest for justice also began years ago in a very peaceful, reasonable manner. But what they got in return was lies and empty promises time after time, when the government kept dodging the issue and gave the sisters false leads to keep them at bay while secretly allowing enterprises to run the house as place for adult entertainment business, a total betrayal of the agreement they made to the sisters on Oct 15, 1975.

    Each time the nuns flocked to the site to confirm the report on their house being torn down by some service provider with connection to the government, their mistrust for the government grew bigger until Dec 17, 2008 the day they decided that they were left with no other option than to be at the site 24-7 until their property is safely back in their possession. What has driven them to the edge was despite two agreements the government had signed on Dec15, 2007 and Mar 17, 2008, each promised to keep the condition of the building the same until the dispute between the sisters and local government has been resolved. The sisters though tried their best to be calm and nice, they could not constrain from frustration and resentment each time they came to witness the destruction going on inside the building.

    But being the nuns they're bound to their vow of "Chastity, Poverty and Obedience" their determination had faced the toughest challenge so far when their present Superior gave in to the demand of the former superior sister Beatrice Nguyen Thi My, known for her role as Vice chairwomen of City's Catholic Committee for Religion Solidarity and ordered her nuns to withdraw from their posts and wait for the Superiors to start negotiating with the city officials. Ironically, Sister Beatrice was the first nun who filed the petition to the city, asking for their house to be returned.

    What the pacific nuns did not do was to stay defiant against the direct order from their superior; they just left the premise in tears.

    Hong Loan

     
     
    Posted on 23 Dec 2008


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