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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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  • Vietnamese nuns ''tricked'' over monastery seizure
    Vietnamese sisters who responded to an invitation to meet with the local government last month were dismayed when the meeting turned into a press conference announcing the government would seize their monastery to convert it into a public square.

    Catholic News Agency reports that at the start of December, the Sisters of St Paul of Chartres received a letter from the People's Committee of Vinh Long inviting them to a meeting to discuss the requisition of their home.

    "For a long time, they had never seen such a polite letter from the local government," Fr J.B. An Dang told CNA. "However, on arriving to the meeting on December 12, they soon found out they were in fact the victims of a cheap trick played by the government officials."

    The sisters entered the meeting with goodwill, trusting their government would do the right thing.

    "What happened during that meeting was enough to change drastically their view of the government's credibility," he said.

    The nuns' provincial superior Sr Huynh Thi Bich Ngoc said in a letter to various state agencies that the congregation had been invited "to exchange and discuss."

    However, "there was neither exchange nor discussion at the meeting." "Mr Nguyen Van Dau, Head of the People's Committee simply announced the decision to turn our monastery into a public square."

    The provincial superior reported that prominent media organisations and personnel were present at the meeting, including the editor in chief of Vinh Long Newsmagazine and representatives of the radio and television stations of the province.

    J.B. An Dang told CNA that although all the sisters at the meeting stood up and strongly protested the property seizure, state media reported that the sisters were happy with the decision and cited their presence at the meeting as strong evidence of their contentment.

    Meanwhile, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered state bodies using land linked to religious groups to do so in a way that did not hurt the feelings of the faithful, Radio Australia reports.

    At the same time, he warned that any activities relating to such land that created social disorder, "split national and community unity", or broke the law would be dealt with strictly.

    Reuters news agency says Mr Dung's directive comes in the context of a series of property disputes over the past year between Vietnamese Catholics and the state.

    "The new directive has nothing new," said Fr Joseph Nguyen from Hanoi, "It just tries to maintain the injustice that believers of religions have been being suffered."

    "Take the nunciature as an example. It has been converted into a public park even there is already a huge park at the Hoan Kiem Lake ("Lake of the Returned Sword") just a few hundred metres away. Can anyone say that the nunciature is now used 'effectively' and 'in a way that do not hurt the feelings of the faithful'?" he asked, according to a VietCatholic report.

    CathNews Australia

     
     
    Posted on 08 Jan 2009


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