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ICC Note:

Church leaders express disapproval of president Nguyen Minh Triet’s participation in the closing ceremony of the Jubilee Year of the Church of Vietnam.  Nguyen is known to act against the principles of the church.

12/29/2010 Vietnam (AsiaNews) – The diocese of Hue has announced that Nguyen Minh Triet, President of the Republic of Vietnam, will attend the closing ceremony of the Jubilee Year of the Church of Vietnam. According to state media he will speak and deliver an address, along with other bishops and the papal legate, Cardinal. Ivan Dias, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Just yesterday, the Vatican press office released a letter from Benedict XVI to Cardinal. Dias where he was appointed him special envoy to the celebrations. The Jubilee Year began November 24, 2009, the feast of Vietnamese martyrs, and will end on January 4 -6, 2011 at the national shrine of La Vang (see photo). The year of celebration recalls the 350 years since the foundation of the Apostolic Vicariate in Vietnam and 50 years since the establishment of the local Church hierarchy.

Vietnamese Catholics both at home and abroad alike have expressed their shock and sadness to the honour the archdiocese has granted to a person who always acts in defiance of the Church’s fundamental moral principles. (see Abortion). Moreover, they see the president as responsible for all violations of religious freedom occurring in the country: expropriation of land, parishes and monasteries, physical violence against Christians; manipulation of Episcopal appointments.

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