Vietnam frees dissident priest ahead of Obama visit


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Vietnam frees dissident priest ahead of Obama visit ow.ly/qk8j300rp1z


#2

Thanks Be to God! :slight_smile:


#3

Amen!


#4

:thumbsup:


#5

Amen.


#6

“He was first jailed in 1977, two years after the Communist takeover of all Vietnam.”

Things are not easy for faithful Catholic priests in Vietnam. I hope that other political prisoners will be released as well, though that is too much to hope for.

We have several Vietnamese priests in our diocese as well as a substantial Vietnamese population. One priest talked to us once about his seminary in South Vietnam was closed as soon as the Communists took over, and he was sent off to re-education camp. He escaped from prison, not just once, but twice, eventually making his way to the United States.


#7

It’s so nice to hear good news …Awesome,

Mary.


#8

Eastern leftists are trying to please Western leftists.


#9

In this case the ‘Eastern leftists’ are Vietnamese Communists.


#10

I suppose it’s a nice gesture but the real test is whether the regime will actually permit freedom of worship.
They have a large reservoir of prisoners to release in dribs and drabs for propaganda purposes. The same goes for any repressive regime.


#11

Good to see the Catholic priest released.

Ahead of Obama’s visit, in what was seen as a goodwill gesture, Vietnam granted early release from prison to a prominent dissident Catholic priest. The Rev. Nguyen Van Ly has served several long terms in prison or been under house arrest for promoting political and religious freedoms.

Both Washington and international rights groups criticize Vietnam for jailing people who peacefully express their views by using vaguely worded security laws. Hanoi says that only lawbreakers are punished. In March, seven bloggers and activists were sentenced for “abusing democratic freedoms” and “spreading anti-state propaganda.”

foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/22/obama-under-pressure-to-address-american-pows-in-visit-to-vietnam.html

I suppose it’s a nice gesture but the real test is whether the regime will actually permit freedom of worship.

Or the re assessment of government restrictions on the organized activities of religious groups.


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