Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Viet Nam receives Vatican delegation

A delegation from the Vatican arrived in Viet Nam Monday for a week-long visit, Agence France-Presse reported the same day.

Meetings were scheduled with government and religious officials, as well as the Hanoi People’s Committee, which has been involved in a dispute with the Vietnamese government over seized church lands.

The visit comes a little over a year after a landmark Vatican meeting between Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Pope Benedict XVI.

As the article notes, “Vietnam has Southeast Asia’s largest Roman Catholic community after the Philippines – about six million out of a population of 86 million – but relations have long been strained between Catholics and the Communist Party.”

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