Posts Tagged ‘Vietnam’

State’s only all-Vietnamese Catholic parish celebrates 20 years

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

A Catholic Vietnamese community in the small Mississippi city of Biloxi has just celebrated the first 20 years of having its own church in its own parish. The Vietnamese Martyrs Church is the state’s only all-Vietnamese Catholic parish. Last Sunday hundreds gathered for celebrations at the church, filling a building that has always been a Read more

Vietnamese government recognizes parish after half a century

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Catholic communities in a northwestern Vietnamese province which refused to accept religions have had their legal status approved by the government after a decades-long wait. On Aug. 21, Lai Chau provincial authorities announced that they had officially allowed Hung Hoa Diocese to establish Lai Chau Parish based in San Thang commune in Lai Chau city. Read more

Vietnam court jails Catholic blogger for eight years

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

A Vietnam court has jailed an outspoken Catholic blogger, known for commenting on social issues, for allegedly trying to undermine the state. The People’s Court in Lam Dong province on July 7 sentenced Nguyen Quoc Duc Vuong, 29, to eight years in jail and three years’ probation for “making, hoarding and disseminating anti-state propaganda.” The Read more

Dead Jesuits stir up trouble in Vietnam

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

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

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

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

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

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:40,000 people Read more

The priest who died on a Vietnam battlefield

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