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Vatican, Vietnam discuss prospects for diplomatic ties

Catholic World News - February 27, 2012

Vatican officials and Vietnamese government representatives are meeting in Hanoi to discuss the prospect of establishing diplomatic relations.

The Vatican delegation, led by Msgr. Ettore Balestrero, is pushing the Vietnamese government to stop the violence and intimidation directed at Catholic groups by local officials. Their concerns were heightened by a recent incident in which a parish priest was beaten by hooligans. Catholics in Vietnam report that thugs are often prompted by government officials to take such actions.

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  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Feb. 27, 2012 8:39 PM ET USA

    Let's pray and hope that Vatican can stop a Martyrdom of Vietnamese Catholics - the communist tyranny in Vietnam is matching the worst examples of abuse of human rights and freedom of faith.

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