Posts Tagged ‘Vietnam’

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

Toxic waste wipes out fishing in four Vietnam provinces Comments 0

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Church aid agencies are playing their part to support people in Vietnam whose livelihoods have been devastated by industrial marine pollution. On April 6, dead fish began washing ashore along 200 kilometres of the coastal provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue. Nearly three months later, authorities announced that toxic Read more

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