» 01/13/2011, 00.00
The Pope appoints his "representative" for Vietnam
A significant step, although there are still no full diplomatic relations, broken since 1975. A slow journey out of respect for religious freedom. But for Vietnamese Catholics "normality" is still far off, contradicted by frequent incidents of abuse and violence by the authorities.
24/01/2013 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."
09/12/2011 VIETNAM - VATICAN
Vietnam, nuncio Girelli finishes his tour of all 26 dioceses
The Papal representative ends his tour of all the country’s diocese in Thanh Hoa. The diocese suffers especially the flight of young people seeking work in the south of the country or in the industrial cities.
Mgr. Girelli visits Hue, La Vang and central Vietnam
It is the third visit by the non-resident papal representative to the country. He will visit various institutions of the diocese. His hope: "A papal representative resident in Vietnam, a greater number of priestly vocations, and a firm unity and communion between the Church of South and North Vietnam."
The President and the Government of Vietnam will visit the Vatican
The news is given by Cardinal Pham Minh Man and confirmed by the government. The hope of the Catholics is to meet with Benedict XVI on the occasion of the special jubilee anniversary, which starts in November this year and ends Epiphany of 2011. New pastoral impetus in wake of bishops ad limina visit.
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