Posts Tagged ‘Vietnam’

Dead Jesuits stir up trouble in Vietnam Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Intellectuals in Vietnam are having a heated debate about a city’s plan to name streets after two 17th century Jesuit missionaries. The Jesuits are credited with systematizing the country’s official language. Since October, authorities in Da Nang have collected public opinions about a plan to name 137 streets in the southern central city by the Read more

Vietnam diocese trains laity to become church reporters Comments 0

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

A diocese in northern Vietnam has started training parishioners how to become reporters so they can help promote evangelization and share church news with local people. The Hung Hoa Diocesan Communication Committee and Yen Bai Deanery held the first ever course on communication skills Sept. 19 and 20. The 24 attendees, mostly in their 20s Read more

Agreement reached on permanent Holy See representative to Vietnam Comments 0

Monday, August 26th, 2019

A Holy See-Vietnam diplomacy working group, which met inside the Vatican this week, reached an agreement on establishing a permanent resident papal representative to the southeast Asian country. A resident papal representative is considered an intermediary step in diplomatic relations, below an apostolic nuncio. The Holy See and Vietnam have never had full diplomatic relations, Read more

Vietnamese priest’s protest demanding justice for detained parishioner goes viral Comments 0

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

A video showing a priest in his clerical cassock staging a protest at a police detention centre has gone viral. On June 19, Father Joseph Nguyễn Duy Tân, pastor of Thọ Hòa parish in Đồng Nai province, came to the police detention centre of Biên Hòa, 30km North of Sàigòn, to demand the immediate release Read more

Gangsters attack nuns in Hanoi Comments 0

Thursday, May 10th, 2018
Gangsters attack Hanoi nuns with batons

Gangsters have attacked a group of nuns as they protested against the construction of a house on their former land. The St Paul de Chartres sisters in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, tried to stop workers getting onto the site. Witnesses say gangsters working for the builders beat one nun unconscious. They say building workers had moved Read more

Vietnamese attend Christian rally in their thousands Comments 0

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Vietnamese filled a stadium in Hanoi last week for a Christian evangelistic event. The Communist government, which controls religions, gave permission for the rally. Over 10,000 people went to it. U.S. evangelist preacher Reverend Franklin Graham said the government only gave permission for the event in the week leading up to it. Related Posts:Tens of Read more

The priest who died on a Vietnam battlefield Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Labor Day, September 4, 1967, in the United States was just like so many other Labor Days before: the last day before the start of school, a federal holiday, banks and stores closed, and people preparing to join friends and family for backyard barbeques. But some 8,000 miles away in South Vietnam it marked the Read more

Gangs terrorising Catholics while cops look away Comments 0

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Gangs of youths are terrorising Catholics in north-east Vietnam and the police are turning a blind eye. Wearing red T-shirts with yellow stars and waving national flags, the gangs have been attacking Catholics and their property since the beginning of June. “The primary motivation behind the incidents is to pressurise local Catholics and the deanery Read more

Catholic environmental activist arrested Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

A Catholic environmental activist has been arrested and his supporters beaten by police in Vietnam. Police attacked protesters who were demanding an explanation for the detention of environmentalist Hoang Duc Binh earlier this month, said a priest at the scene. He said the police told the crowd Binh had been moved to another facility. The Read more

Venerable Cardinal lived heroically virtuous life Comments 0

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Imprisoned for 13 years by Vietnam’s communist leaders and then exiled until he died in 2002, the Venerable Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan lived a life of heroic virtue Pope Francis has ruled. Francis declared Francois Xavier “Venerable” last Thursday. Francois Xavier’s story of imprisonment, much of which was spent in solitary confinement, has Read more