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Redemptorist severely beaten in Vietnam

Redemptorist Superior General Michael Brehl this week asked for prayers for a confrere who was severely beaten recently while visiting with fellow Redemptorists and parishioners whose church cemetery in Hanoi, Vietnam, had been vandalized.

Brother Anthony Nguyen Van Tang, 36, had gone to the parish of Dong Chiem where a cross in the cemetery had been demolished. There was a conflict and Brother Anthony was left unconscious in a pool of blood. He is now recovering from his injuries at home.

“The Government denies any responsibility, but this denial is refuted by the Catholic Bishops in Vietnam, by witnesses, and by independent journalists,” Father Brehl said. “The Provincial Superior of Vietnam has asked our prayers at this difficult moment. Not only is it a tense situation for the Redemptorists, but also for many dedicated lay men and women, especially those who are active in the ministry. I have assured Father Vincent (Redemptorist Provincial), all the confreres, and the men and women with whom we work that we are in solidarity with them, especially in our prayers. Let us not forget them in their need.”

News reports from the state media accuse the Redemptorists of instigating riots, and urge the government to severely punish them. Other articles in the Catholic media report that parishioners have been harassed and beaten.

The Redemptorists have urged parishioners and all Christians to avoid violence, and to work and pray for peace. They have begun the practice of praying the Prayer of St. Francis (Lord, make me an instrument of your peace) at every service.

"I urge all Redemptorists and associates to pray this prayer in solidarity with our Redemptorist confreres and Catholic brothers and sisters in Vietnam," Father Brehl said.

The Baltimore Province provides support to Redemptorists in Vietnam, including helping to educate priests and seminarians.

Please join us in praying for the Redemptorists in Vietnam and for the people they serve, for their safety and perseverance.