Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vietnamese Catholics demonstrate despite government threats

Catholic World News - July 16, 2012

Thousands of Catholics joined in public demonstrations in the Vinh diocese on July 15, protesting government-sponsored violence against Catholics and the desecration of a church.

The demonstrators in Vinh went forward with their plans despite overt efforts by local authorities to intimidate them. Armored vehicles were deployed outside the bishop’s residence, menacing gangs patrolled around churches, transportation into the city was cut off, and state-run media predicted a crackdown against Catholic dissenters.

The Catholics of Vinh issued a call for an end to “a series of harassments against Catholics in the region.” The most serious incident occurred early in July, when a group of thugs--apparently instigated by local officials—disrupted a Mass in Con Coung, savagely beat parishioners, and desecrated the church.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($35,000 to go):
$35,000.00 $0.00
100% 0%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear 7 hours ago
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects 8 hours ago
In the Aftermath of Obergefell 8 hours ago
The political outlook after Obergefell June 29
Good news/bad news on the Vatican PR overhaul June 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15
Cardinal Kasper: Pope never approved my proposal CWN - June 4