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Vatican representative visiting Vietnam for Holy Week

April 21, 2011

Bishop Leopold Girelli, the Vatican’s non-resident representative in Vietnam, is making his first visit to that country during Holy Week.

Bishop Girelli—who was appointed by Pope Benedict last year as apostolic nuncio to Singapore and representative to Vietnam—will be in Hanoi for the Easter Triduum, then travel to Ho Chi Minh City for a meeting of the Vietnamese bishops’ conference.

The visit by the Vatican representative is regarded as a clear sign of progress in relations between the Holy See and the Vietnamese government. The Vatican does not have formal diplomatic ties with Vietnam, but has sought to improve relations through a long series of informal talks.


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