In its 2021 Annual Report, USCIRF recommended that the U.S. government designate Vietnam as a “Country of Particular Concern.
USCIRF’s 2021 Annual Report highlights the prevalence and impact of hate speech targeting religious communities, including in India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Nicaragua, and Turkey.
The parish had no resident priests from 1952, when the last foreign missionary was expelled by communists, until 2013, when a priest was sent to resume religious activities among local Catholics.
Until recent years, Catholics had to practice our faith secretly since local authorities treated this area as being free of religion. They banned us from gathering for prayers, threatened to fine us, and created serious difficulties for visiting priests.