Nguyễn Trọng Đạo (far left) talks to a priest at the cemetery of An Bài parochial in Nam Định Province. Every month, he and members of the Lives Sharing Club take the aborted foetuses to the province for burial. Photo Courtesy of the Lives Sharing Club. As he opened his 52nd black plastic bag of the night, Nguyễn Trọng Đạo knew what he would find inside. But he was shocked, nevertheless. It was around two hours to midnight on May 17. Dao wore medical gloves, not because he was studying pharmaceutical science in college, but the macabre task he subjected himself to required it. What he found in the plastic bag was an aborted foetus. No surprise there. But what had been done to the 32 weeks old foetus, an almost-formed baby, still shocked him. “Damn, how could they do this?” he thought to himself, putting the foetus into a big plastic bowl containing water, bathing … [Read more...] about A young man on a macabre mission he’ll never abort
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At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Polluting slaughter house to be moved out of Hoi An A slaughter house will be moved out of Hoi An Town A large slaughter house will be moved out of the centre of Hoi An Town next year to prevent environment pollution according to local authorities. The slaughter house in the centre of Hoi An Town has been in operation for 30 years. Ho Trong Nghia, former party secretary cum chairman of Son Phong Ward, said the slaughter house was located in his ward had caused severe pollution. After gathering opinions, the slaughter house was temporarily relocated to Cam Chau Ward, out of residential areas. When the authorities find a better location, they would relocate the slaughterhouse again. "I only agreed to let the slaughter house stay in Cam Chau Ward for a maximum of five years because of rapid urbanisation. But it was still there when I retired," he said. "I also suggested relocate it several times since more and more private houses, hotels and restaurants have been built." According to … [Read more...] about Social News 19/12
Kon Tum (VNA) – The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum organised 19 delegations to visit local religious dignitaries on December 17-18, on the occasion of the upcoming Christmas celebrations. The local authorities extended Christmas greetings to Bishop Nguyen Hung Vi of the Kon Tum Diocese; Priest Do Hieu, head of the Kon Tum city parish; Pastor An Uoc, President of the Vietnam United World Mission Church; as well as Catholic and Christian priests, pastors, and followers in the province. The provincial officials wished the religious dignitaries and followers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, hoping they will make further contributions to local development. The religious dignitaries were urged to continue promoting their role in encouraging followers to be law-abiding citizens, and enthusiastically respond to patriotic emulation movements, thus contributing to national unity. The dignitaries thanked the provincial leaders for facilitating the operation of … [Read more...] about Kon Tum authorities pay pre-Christmas visits to religious dignitaries
Parliamentary groups asked to foster Vietnam-Romania ties Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu receives Chairman of the Romania-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group Simion Lucian-Eduard in Hanoi on March 29. Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu has said that friendship parliamentary groups of Vietnam and Romania should maintain meetings and increase the exchange of information and experiences, thus fostering economic, trade and investment ties between the two nations. Luu made the statement while receiving a delegation of the Romania-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group led by its Chairman Simion Lucian-Eduard in Hanoi on March 29. Luu reiterated that Vietnam always wants to consolidate and develop the friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Romania. Vietnam appreciated Romania’s support for Vietnam’s past struggle for national independence and reunification as well as the current process of national construction and … [Read more...] about Government News 30/3 (Hourly Updated)
VietNamNet Bridge – At the end of the school day, the students at The Sacred Heart in HCM City often dash home without taking the time to change their uniforms or even take a shower so they can help their parents sell lottery tickets or cassava.The charity school, located in Tan Thong Hoi Commune in the city’s Cu Chi District, was opened in the 1990s by Vietnamese nuns who belong to the Catholic congregation Sisters of Our Lady of the Mission, which is dedicated to helping poor women and children around the world.Around 180 primary school students are taught English, maths, literature and arts in addition to Christian values at the school five days a week. Textbooks and clothes are either bought by the school or donated.The school also pays school fees, books and clothes for 36 students who are now attending public secondary school, and if the students later decide to attend university, Sacred Heart tries to help them find jobs while they study.Because of a limited budget, … [Read more...] about Charity primary school serves underprivileged