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Harsh treatment of police against Catholic pilgrims
Abishop has challenged government’s accusation of his political motive behind the pilgrimage of his diocese to Thai Ha Monastery and criticized harsh treatment of police against pilgrims.

Braving biting wind, a long line of thousands of Catholics had to walk to Hanoi after their bus drivers had been forced to dumb them as far as 30 km on the outskirts of Hanoi city pass midnight on Saturday morning.

Posted on 05 May 2009
The Vietnam Western Highland And The Bauxite Disaster, S.O.S !
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 05 May 2009
Vietnam: Refugee Monk's Arrest a Mockery of Justice
New York and London, Sept. 17: The Vietnamese government should immediately release Thich Tri Luc, a Buddhist monk who was arrested and forcibly repatriated to Vietnam after receiving refugee status in Cambodia, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.

Thich Tri Luc, a member of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV), is expected to be tried under Article 91 of Vietnam's Penal Code on charges of fleeing abroad in order to oppose the Vietnamese government. If found guilty, he could face life imprisonment.
Posted on 20 Apr 2009
Pope presides over Way of the Cross procession

ROME -- Pope Benedict XVI presided over a torch-lit Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum on Good Friday and said he was praying so that people who suffered losses in Italy's devastating quake can see the light of hope in their dark hour.

Tens of thousands of faithful, clutching prayer books and candles in paper lanterns, turned out for the traditional Holy Week appointment at the ancient Roman arena.

Posted on 12 Apr 2009
Vietnam: court upholds verdicts against Catholic protesters
The Ha Noi city court has upheld suspended prison sentences a lower court gave to Catholic defendants charged with causing social disturbance and damaging public property during a protest over confiscated church property.

The People's Court of Ha Noi City upheld the Dong Da District Court verdicts on the eight defendants, who were among hundreds of Catholics who occupied a plot of former Church land last August. The government had confiscated the land, near the Redemptorist-run Thai Ha church, in the early 1960s.

Posted on 07 Apr 2009
Dissident Vietnam monk joins opposition to mine

HANOI (AFP) - - A dissident Buddhist monk has joined scientists and intellectuals in opposing a government plan to mine bauxite in Vietnam, according to a statement received from his overseas spokesman.

Thich Quang Do, head of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV), called on workers to stay away from factories to protest the plan to allow Chinese companies to mine bauxite in Vietnam's Central Highlands.

Posted on 06 Apr 2009
Thich Tri Luc, monk in exile
Vietnam, which for so long has been synonymous with the suffering caused by the American anti-communist attacks during the sixties and seventies, is now a popular tourist destination. And yet beyond the beautiful beaches and tranquil rice paddies lies a dark political reality. What is often forgotten, or glossed over, in tourist guides is the strict communist government that is still in place. Political expression is limited and human rights abuses are rife, and it is in this light that the European Parliament’s human rights committee held a hearing on the human rights situation in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam this September. I met one of the speakers, the Vietnamese former Buddhist monk and political refugee, Thich Tri Luc after the debate.
Posted on 24 Mar 2009
Harassment toward Catholics' lawyer intensifies as trial date nearing
(20 Mar 2009 16:14) Le Tran Luat, the pro-bono attorney of the record for the Thai Ha Catholics at the court of appeal set for Mar 27, 2009 continues to be harassed, defamed and prevented as he was trying to make it to Hanoi in time for the court date despite his clients' motion to the court and the authority for his release and fulfillment of his duty as their legal counsel.
Posted on 20 Mar 2009
Catholic defendants to be re-tried - Lawyer persecuted openly
Amid a new defamation campaign by Hanoi media against Catholics of Thai Ha, and a series of relentless attacks on their lawyer to hinder his service being rendered to his Catholic clients, these defendants will be re-tried in late of March.

The People's Court in capital city of Hanoi announced on Friday that it would review the appeal of the eight Catholic defendants who were sentenced in early December for their participation in prayer vigils calling for justice and the restitution of land confiscated from the Church.
Posted on 16 Mar 2009
Vietnam lacks Religious Freedom
Although religious freedom in Vietnam is moving in the right direction, overall the situation remains poor, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Testimony provided by the agency's commissioner, Leonard Leo, during a Dec. 6 congressional human rights caucus hearing, outlined the federal agency's observations from a fact-finding trip conducted by one of its delegations last autumn. The trip included stops in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and the Central Highlands.
Posted on 08 Mar 2009

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