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The first Reading of Easter Sunday III-year B extracted from The Acts of Apostles makes us really stunned. Peter was among his Jewish people, spoke to them firmly, reminded them of Jesus’ case and accused them, “You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact ! You killed the author of life” ( cf. Acts 3, 15 )


Peter did not grumble or blame anyone, but it seems to us that Peter was sorrowfully talking to everyone, even to himself, because Peter was a confederate in the injustice Death of Jesus. In that way, Peter not only talked to the Jewish two thousand years ago, but also to each of us nowadays.

Posted on 18 Aug 2009
Viet bishops call for peaceful dialogue
VietCatholic News (13 Aug 2009 06:10)

Catholic bishops in Vietnam are calling for peaceful dialogue amid ongoing persecutions against Catholics in the diocese of Vinh and the government’s unwillingness to settle disputes with Catholics peacefully.

In an editorial published on VietCatholic News on Aug. 12, Vietnam Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed bishops’ growing concerns on the tensions caused by recent land disputes between Catholics and local authorities, and the extreme way these disputes have been handled.

Posted on 14 Aug 2009
Corruption, Communism, and Catholicism in Vietnam
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Communism’s defeat in Central-East Europe. As many remember the tumbling of Communist regimes in countries such as Poland, East Germany, and Hungary, others will recall Marxism’s terrible legacy: millions of dead and tortured, “reeducation” and labor camps, show-trials, unparalleled economic destruction, and the worst environmental devastation in history.

As the recently deceased ex-Marxist philosopher Leszek Kolakowski concluded in his magisterial multi-volume Main Currents of Marxism, this was not accidental. It was Marxist philosophy’s logical outcome. By definition, no political program built upon an explicitly materialist viewpoint can consider itself limited by the idea of an innate human dignity, or anything suggesting a more-than-flesh-and-blood dimension to human life.
Posted on 13 Aug 2009
Tam Toa Church not bombed by Americans
Tam Toa Church might not be bombed by Americans and even if it was Vietnam could not escape its responsibility for the bombing.

The Quan Doi Nhan Dan (Peole’s Army Daily) on Sunday Aug. 2, accused Bui Tin, a former colonel in Vietnamese Army, of traitor for his statements regarding the Tam Toa church incident.
Posted on 06 Aug 2009
Anti-Catholic violence designed to hide crisis and graft in Vietnam’s Communist Party
The persecution of Christians in Vinh is intended to divert attention from internal party divisions but it is also a sign of the profound contempt it is capable of, and of its willingness, in line with new economic ideas to sell out the country to its traditional enemy, China. The Church, which plays a role in raising consciousness, and Montagnard converts are condemned to disappear.

Hanoi (AsiaNews) -- On July 20, 2009 police in Quang Binh province launched a surprised attack on the unarmed parishioners of Tam Toa -- a struggling parish in the diocese of Vinh, Central Vietnam. Local Catholics were erecting a makeshift tent as a temporary place for liturgical services. The assault resulted in hundreds being injured, and dozens being taken away in police vehicles and detained indefinitely.
Posted on 06 Aug 2009
Harsh treatment of Vietnam government against Catholics, why?

VietCatholic News (03 Aug 2009 03:24)

On July 20, 2009 police in Quang Binh province launched a surprised attack on the unarmed parishioners of Tam Toa - a struggling parish of the diocese of Vinh in Central Vietnam - when these Catholics were erecting a makeshift tent as a temporary place for worshiping services. The assault resulted in hundreds being injured, and dozens were taken away in police vehicles and detained indefinitely.

A week later, the diocese of Vinh reported that two Catholic priests had been beaten brutally by plain clothed police and government's hired thugs.
Posted on 03 Aug 2009
Vinh Catholics united in mass protests -- Catholics beaten and robbed in Dong Hoi
The entire diocese of Vinh, with half a million Catholics, held massive protests again on Sunday Aug 02, 2009, demanding an end to overt persecutions against Catholics in Dong Hoi, the requisition of Church and individual properties seized illegally by police, and an immediate halt to the ongoing distortion of truth, defamation of religion, and promotion of hatred between Catholics and non-Catholics via state media.

Carrying banners denouncing the brutal violence of the local government of Dong Hoi against priests, religious and faithful, Catholics from 178 parishes of the diocese of Vinh marched with sheer determination on the streets while other dioceses throughout the country simultaneously observing minutes of silence to pray for and stand in solidarity with victims of police and government contracted --gangsters, and the safety of Catholics in the region of Dong Hoi.
Posted on 03 Aug 2009
The diocese of Vinh publishes photos of priests on Hanoi denies attacks

Published on July 31, 2009

Hanoi: General Hoang Cong Tu, from the Ministry for Public Security has denied there has been any violence against priests from Dong Hoi, and the police have rejected as "false" criticism from the Diocese of Vinh, that accuses the police of having beaten priests and faithful.

Posted on 03 Aug 2009
Catholics fleeing out of Dong Hoi in mass to save their own lives
Facing the wake of overt persecutions, Catholics start fleeing out of Dong Hoi city for their safety.

Police and pro-government thugs in the city of Dong Hoi, located at around 500 km (310 mi) South of Hanoi, are at war with Catholics. Numerous Catholics’ homes have reportedly been raided and a few people have been arrested. In a particular case, “Mr. Nguyen Cong Ly whose house often used by parishioners of Tam Toa for worshipping services was arrested on Tuesday,” said Fr. Vo Thanh Tam, chief secretary of the College of Priests of Vinh Diocese. Local witnesses said that during the police search at Ly’ home, a gang of thugs, surrounding his house, yelled out anti-Catholic slogans suggesting his death.
Posted on 29 Jul 2009
Half a million Vietnamese Catholics of Vinh Diocese protest against police’s brutality
J.B. An Dang
VietCatholic News (26 Jul 2009 13:29)

In unprecedented event after the communist takeover of Vietnam, half million Vietnamese Catholics joined in huge protests demanding the justice for victims who were assaulted brutally by police in central costal province of Vinh as they were trying to rebuild their worship place.

Posted on 29 Jul 2009

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