Vietnamese Christian bloggers sentenced to jail for spreading “propaganda”

From UCANews (h/t New Advent): The People’s Court in Ho Chi Minh City today passed sentence on three Christian bloggers in a case that has polarized the religious community and drawn international criticism. Nguyen Van Hai and Marie Ta Phong Tan received sentences of 12 years and 10 years, respectively, with five additional years of [Read More...]

Vietnamese villagers ordered to replace church cross with picture of Ho Chi Minh

Details:  Government authorities from a district in the Central Highlands last week compelled ethnic villagers to remove Catholic pictures and items from their chapel and replaced them with images of Ho Chi Minh last weekend. “After local Catholics finished prayers in the chapel on Sunday morning, local government authorities came and asked them to remove [Read More...]

At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, caring for the things they leave behind

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington has become a magnet for memories, and countless people leave at the wall their own personal tokens of love, gratitude and grief.  Catholic News Service looks at a remarkable corner of the Washington bureaucracy that helps care for these objects, many of which have religious meaning. [Read more...]

40 years later

The iconic photo on the right was first published 40 years ago, on 8 June 1972.  On the left is the little girl Kim Phuc today.  Read what happened to her. [Read more...]

U.S. diplomat attacked while trying to visit jailed priest in Vietnam — UPDATED

The intimidation and persecution continue. Details: Christian Marchant, the political officer for the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, reportedly was “roughed up” and “wrestled to the ground” Wednesday by Vietnamese police as he attempted to visit a dissident Roman Catholic priest who had been sentenced to eight years in prison by Vietnam’s Communist government in 2007. [Read More...]


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