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VIETNAM - VATICAN
For Vietnamese Catholics, govt using the Vatican to cover up religious repression
The official press in the Communist nation censors meeting between Benedict XVI and Nguyên Phu Trong. Catholic media criticise the country's leaders for using the pope's goodwill and the Holy See's prestige to cover up its violations of human rights. The archbishop of Saigon turns down invitation to ceremony inagurating new, more restrictive rules on religious activities.
22/01/2013 VATICAN - VIETNAM
One step closer to diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Hanoi
Benedict XVI received the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong. A statement from the Holy See speaks of "cordial discussions" and “the hope that some pending situations may be resolved and that the existing fruitful cooperation may be strengthened."
Chinese experts: cautious openings in relations with Vatican
Zhuo Xinping, of the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing says Pope Francis "will improve" relations being "a Jesuit" and "Latin American". Li Xiangping speaks of a "new atmosphere". But Party press do not report on the Pope’s statements or telegrams. A website recalls the "two mountains" to be overcome: diplomatic relations with Taiwan and "interference" in the internal affairs of China. Generic statements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman.
20/12/2008 CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing, Vatican must break with Taiwan and not interfere in domestic affairs
Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the autonomy of the Chinese church in the area of the appointment and ordination of bishops. Patriotic bishop Ma Yinglin, ordained without the approval of the Holy See, also present. Hopes for dialogue with the Vatican may be vanishing.
05/05/2008 VIETNAM – VATICAN
Hanoi waiting for Vatican delegation in the “near future”
Diplomatic relations would benefit both Vietnam, which is opening up to the world, and the Holy See, which could address issues like religious freedom and fundamental human rights.
08/05/2008 CHINA - VATICAN
Chinese websites on the concert of the Beijing orchestra for the pope
Many sites highlight the words of the pontiff, while others - the official ones - do not quote them at all. Some cite the pope's remarks to Chinese Catholics; all speak of a small step toward diplomatic relations.
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