Archdiocese of Hanoi protests convent demolition
May 25, 2011
Archbishop Peter Nguyen Van Nhon has sent urgent letters to Hanoi government officials, protesting the scheduled destruction of a Carmelite convent.
Early this month, city officials announced plans to bulldoze the 5-story convent, without consulting the archdiocese or the Carmelite order. The convent, still legally owned by the archdiocese, was “borrowed” by the Communist government in 1954, along with an adjacent Catholic hospital. Although Vietnamese law stipulates that owners cannot be deprived of property without due process, the government has proceeded with plans to raze the building.
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