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Catholic university may open in Vietnam

Catholic World News - July 18, 2014

Communist authorities in Vietnam may soon permit the opening of a Catholic university.

“The dialogic approach adopted with the government is producing results,” Archbishop Paul Bùi Van Doc of Ho Chi Minh City told Vatican Insider. “The Catholic Church can offer its educational philosophy and experience to educate people into becoming responsible individuals, for the good of the entire society.”

“Education is key and for the Church, educational freedom is a crucial means of carrying out the mission of evangelizing today’s society,” he added.

The prelate said that he is working with the Catholic University of Paris to found an institute for theological studies in Ho Chi Minh City and that the Vatican is expected to grant pontifical status to the institute “very soon now.”

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