By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press Writer
HANOI, Vietnam – Thousands of Catholics blocked a busy street in Vietnam’s capital Friday in a rare public demonstration, chanting and praying for the Communist government to return land once owned by the church.
A priest in a white robe carrying a large cross led a procession of parishioners, accompanied by a marching band, from St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown Hanoi to the adjacent site of the former Vatican embassy….
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A street vendor walks past a shop selling communist flags and signs in Hanoi. Vietnam pledged Wednesday to improve its human rights record and work with former battlefield enemy the United States to strengthen investment, trade and people-to-people ties.(AFP/File/Hoang Dinh Nam)