Construction on Church Property in Hanoi Continues Despite Protests

12/04/2018 Vietnam (International Christian Concern) – In the capital of Vietnam, the district has been planning to build a state-run school on the Hanoi Archdiocese church’s property. Last month, Cardinal Peter Nguyen Van Nhon of Hanoi wrote an urgent petition in disagreement to the construction of the school, yet the district ignored the petition.

Now, priests from Hanoi Archdioceses are stepping up to protest against the construction of the state-fun school. Yesterday, on December 3rd Father Alfonse Pham Hung, head of the archdiocese’s office, and Father Bruno Pham Ba Que, head of Caritas in the archdiocese alongside of 15 other priests visited the headquarters of the People’s Committee of Hoan Kiem district.

The priests went with the intentions of discussing the issues related to the construction of Trang An Elementary School on the church’s 6,737 square meter property. The priests demand that the district shut down the construction and listen to the cardinals petition.

Father Que stated that: “The archdiocese does not want the situation to grow increasingly tense but the government must respect the church.”

According to the law, they are supposed to respond within 10 days to the complaint, but they are avoiding the petition. A few church members even claimed it was as the government was “ducking their duties.”

Father Paul Nguyen Trung Thien, pastor of Ham Long parish suggests that they all sit down for a meeting before the end of the month or else, the church will file petitions to the Hanoi’s city government.

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