The faithful, shocked by this event, protected the hierarch, who could then resume the celebration, reports the Asia News agency.
Like in any other Communist country, Christians were subjected to severe persecutions.
Father Giuse (Joseph) Trần Ngọc Thanh, O.P., was killed in a knife attack on Saturday, the 29th of January.
Persecution goes from disriminatiion in the public sphere to physical violence.
Vietnamese ethnic minorities with high percentage of Christianity are often subject to harassment for thier faith.
Moc Chau parish has 240 families, numbering almost 900 people.
The government excluded the Christians from access to water tanks.
USCIRF recommending Vietnam be seen as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for its religious freedom abuses.
According to two recent reports, more than half of the world's population suffer from growing religious persecution.