Posts Tagged ‘Vietnam’

Dissident priest released by Vietnam before Obama visit Comments 0

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Just before a visit from President Obama, Vietnam released a political dissident priest who had spent much of the last two decades in jail or house arrest. Catholic Church officials announced that Fr Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly was released from jail on Friday morning, AFP reported. President Obama started a three-day visit to Vietnam on Read more

Former Vietnam boat refugee to lead Aussie diocese Comments 0

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Pope Francis has appointed a former refugee, who fled war-torn Vietnam by boat in 1979, to lead the Australian diocese of Parramatta. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, 54, begins his new role after serving as a Conventual Franciscan since 1989 and as auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne since 2011. Parramatta, in western Sydney, is one of Read more

Vietnam 40 years on Comments 0

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Early one morning in February 1968, when the fighting in central Vietnam had reached a new level of insanity, a group of South Korean soldiers swept into a village called Ha My, a straggly collection of bamboo huts and paddy fields about an hour outside the city of Danang. They were from a unit called Read more

Abortions sky-rocket in Vietnam as family planning excludes youth Comments 0

Friday, November 28th, 2014

At a small Hanoi cemetery, Catholic farmer Nguyen Van Thao opens a fridge and pulls out a bag of bloody fetuses to prepare for burial — a grim reminder that Vietnam has one of the highest abortion rates in the world. Around 40 percent of pregnancies in the country end in abortion, according to a Read more

Vietnamese priest devoted to Divine Mercy excommunicated Comments 0

Friday, June 27th, 2014

A young Vietnamese priest has been excommunicated after accusations he taught false beliefs against the Catholic faith. Fr Peter Nguyen Van Tuong was excommunicated “latae sententiae”, the apostolic administrator of Vinh Long diocese announced. Administrator Fr Peter Duong Van Thanh accused Fr Tuong of “preaching false beliefs against the Catholic Church doctrine” and “being too Read more

Vietnam’s bishops condemn China territorial “invasion” Comments 0

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Vietnam’s Catholic bishops have condemned China’s deployment of a deep sea oil rig in a disputed area of the South China Sea. “This situation can pose a high risk for a military conflict,” Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam, said in a letter on behalf of the bishops. Read more

Vietnam priest acknowledged for courageous journalism Comments 0

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Anton Ngoc Thanh, a Vietnamese Redemptorist priest, has been listed in as one of 100 information heroes by Reporters Without Borders. Fr Thanh has worked for Vietnam Redemptorist News since the 1990s and has often had problems with authorities in the communist-run nation. Last year, he was arrested during a demonstration in support of an Read more

Vietnamese Catholic lawyer on hunger strike loses appeal Comments 0

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

An appeals court in Hanoi, Vietnam, has upheld the sentence of a jailed Catholic lawyer, who is on a hunger strike to get access to Communion and Confession. The People’s Supreme Court upheld the jail term of 30 months for lawyer and dissident Joseph Le Quoc Quan for charges of tax evasion. His firm was Read more

Catholics in Vietnam protest imprisonment of lawyer Comments 0

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Thousands of Vietnamese Catholics took part in vigils in the cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and Vinh on Sunday to protest the continued imprisonment of Le Quoc Quan, a Catholic lawyer. AsiaNews reported that Le Quoc Quan, a member of the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Vietnamese bishops’ conference, has been harassed Read more

Catholic priest’s view of the Vietnam war Comments 1

Friday, July 26th, 2013

AUCKLAND — Twenty-three years ago the life of Vietnamese Community chaplain, Fr Andrew Nguyen, was transformed. On June 6, 1990, Fr Nguyen arrived in New Zealand to a life of peace and freedom, after a life of war, repression, imprisonment and torture. Speaking of that day in 1990, he told NZ Catholic: “I was very Read more