- Jan 17, 2020
The village of Dien Thinh bid farewell Thursday to two of its sons, victims of a human trafficking tragedy unveiled last month when the bodies of 39 Vietnamese were discovered in a truck in England.
In a message to young Catholics in Vietnam, Pope Francis offered prayers for a group of Vietnamese migrants who died while being smuggled into Great Britain in late October.
The rural village of Do Thanh in central Vietnam has relied on its sons and daughters working abroad to send money back home. Now it fears they could be among the dozens of people found dead in the back of a truck in England.
Vietnam’s bishops have warned that popular religious and magical practices can cause “anxiety to the faithful and disorder in faith communities,” and insisted that Church discipline and norms on the liturgy must be obeyed.
Police in Vietnam have been accused of abducting a Catholic advocate for social and charitable activities.
More than 100 homes — including a church-run home for disabled war veterans — were forcibly demolished by state officials in southern Vietnam.