Vietnamese Chairman's visit to Vatican under Catholics' watchful eyes
Priest beaten into a coma by police. Catholics Protest throughout Vietnam
Amid widespread rounds of persecutions being done ruthlessly on
Catholics throughout Vietnam, came the News of the Vatican visit of the
head of the country, Chairman Nguyen Minh Triet, in the upcoming month
of November. The Vietnamese people in general and Catholics in
particular have been receiving the News with mixed feeling of both hope
and fear as the memory of the aftermath of the Vatican visit of the
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is still fresh on their minds.
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.
Posted on 28 Jul 2009
Vietnamese Catholics in large street protest against harrassment
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.
Hanoi (AsiaNews)-Two priests are in serious condition after they were
savagely beaten by Vietnamese police and thugs, who tried in vain to
stop the demonstrations held last July 26 in Vinh (300 km south of
Hanoi) to demand justice for the violence used against the Christian
community of the parish of Tam Toa (see AsiaNews 21/07/09 - Beatings
and arrests of priests and faithful in the historic church of Tam Toa).
As news of the priests conditions spread, a series of new
demonstrations have been launched in several cities of Vietnam.
Posted on 28 Jul 2009
Catholics beaten by police, hundreds wounded, dozens arrested
Over 500,000 Catholics took to the streets in Vietnam on Sunday 26 July
2009, to protest over police attempts to stop a parish holding services
in the grounds of a church bombed during the Vietnam war and recently
confiscated by the government.
Police in Nghe An, Ha Tinh, and Quang Binh were put on high alert in
response to the protests, writes Van Dang on the UK-based news site,
Independent Catholic News (http://www.indcatholicnews.com/).
Posted on 28 Jul 2009
Vietnam: Redemptorist monastery torn down
Tensions between Catholics and Vietnamese government have boiled over
again after Catholics in a central province of Vietnam were beaten
brutally by police. Among them hundreds were wounded and dozens were
At around 9 am Monday morning July 20, 2009, hundreds of Catholics in
the diocese of Vinh were attacked cruelly by police as they were
erecting a cross and setting up an altar on the ground of the church
collapsed during the Vietnam War.
Posted on 21 Jul 2009
CURRENT CAMPAIGNS - Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly
The defenseless Church in Vietnam has met with another defeat in the battle to protect its properties: a Redemptorist monastery has been torn down to give place to a state-owned multi-story hotel. On the other hand, the call from 37 U.S. senators to immediately and unconditionally free Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly has also been rejected.
The Redemptorist Monastery in Nha Trang, a coastal province in central of Vietnam, was torn down on Tuesday July 7 to build Hai Yen Hotel, the Redemptorist Province of Vietnam reported.
Posted on 17 Jul 2009
Priest denies Vietnamese media’s charges of ‘counter-revolutionary’ activity
Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, a Vietnamese Roman Catholic priest was most recently detained on February 17, 2007, after security police raided the Hue Archdiocese to arrest him and confiscate his computers. As a member of the Bloc 8406 pro-democracy movement, he was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on March 30, 2007, for allegedly committing "very serious crimes that harmed national security" for trying to a arrange a boycott of an upcoming election.
The court appearance was televised in Vietnam, with foreign reporters allowed to attend. During the trial, Father Ly shouted out "down with communism" in Vietnamese and a security guard immediately silenced him by putting his hand over his mouth.
Posted on 13 Jul 2009
Priest denies Vietnamese media's charges of 'counter-revolutionary' activity
Hanoi, Vietnam, Jul 2, 2009 / 03:38 am (CNA).- A Vietnamese priest has
denied media accusations that he has engaged in “counter-revolutionary”
activities, including the possession on his laptop of documents and
e-mails with “bad content” that allegedly would destroy national unity
and the socio-economic policies of the government.
The People’s Public Security Newspaper and other state-owned media on
Tuesday said Fr. Joseph Le Quang Uy had “bent his head admitting that
he had commited crimes against people and the government.”
Posted on 07 Jul 2009
US senators urge Vietnam to release dissident priest
Hanoi, Vietnam, Jul 2, 2009 / 03:38 am (CNA).- A Vietnamese priest has denied media accusations that he has engaged in "counter-revolutionary" activities, including the possession on his laptop of documents and e-mails with "bad content" that allegedly would destroy national unity and the socio-economic policies of the government.
Posted on 03 Jul 2009
Catholic convent demolished in Vietnam
AFP - Thursday, July 2
WASHINGTON (AFP) - - A bipartisan group of 37 US senators have sent a
letter to Vietnam's president calling for the "immediate and
unconditional release" of a dissident Catholic priest jailed for eight
years in 2007.
The lawmakers urged Nguyen Minh Triet to intervene in the case of
Father Nguyen Van Ly, who was convicted in a half-day trial in the city
of Hue for spreading propaganda against the communist state.
Posted on 03 Jul 2009
The two-storey building was home to the Order of the Brothers of The
Holy Family of Banam. Its altar and votive statues were thrown into a
rubbish dump. Church properties are being seized by the authorities to
be turned into hotels or tourist resorts. Catholic leaders lament the
violation of religious freedom in the country.
Saigon (AsiaNews) -- The monastery of the Congregation of the Brothers
of The Holy Family of Banam (Frères de la Sainte Famille de Banam) has
been demolished by government order, a spokesman for the diocese of
Long Xuyen, capital of An Giang province, reported. As a result of the
sudden decision by local authorities the monastery shares the same fate
of monastery of the Sisters of St Paul of Chartres in Vinh Long, Mekong
Posted on 08 Jun 2009
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