The Law on Belief and Religion, to take effect in 2018, has some improvements in religious freedom, but is still a regression from earlier drafts, says Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Kham.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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The 1980 meeting between Northern and Southern Vietnamese bishops was the first since Communist forces took control of North Vietnam in 1975.
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"This is a careful choice of the ministry and faith, not politics. We work with veterans not for charity but in deep gratitude for their sacrifices."
Vietnamese Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai will be remembered as a successful communicator who spent all life serving the church in Asia for decades.
Tai died of abdomen cancer Tuesday at age 67 in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. His funeral Mass was scheduled for Friday at the Assumption Cathedral of his native Vinh Long diocese.
He was considered the cornerstone or one of the pillars of Radio Veritas Asia, the 45-year-old continental short-wave radio station owned and operated by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conference in Manila, Philippines.
"The Fifth Commandment teaches, 'You shall not kill.' That means murder is banned in any circumstances."
Cardinal Fernando Filoni encouraged Vietnamese priests to "find remote areas where people have yet to know God."