(From AFP)

Authoritarian Vietnam released one of the country’s longest serving prisoners of conscience on Friday, just days before US President Barack Obama is due to visit, the Catholic Church said.

Nguyen Van Ly

Nguyen Van Ly, a priest who has spent much of the last two decades either in jail or under house arrest, was released Friday morning, church officials said.

“Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly has returned to the mother diocese on Friday morning after his years and months in (northern) Nam Ha jail,” the archdiocese of Hue said in a short statement on its website.

The site also ran several photos of the ageing priest, dressed in a loose white shirt and baseball cap, being welcomed by church members. Read More

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