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Viet officials pleased with coadjutor's appointment in Hanoi

CWN - April 28, 2010

Although Hanoi's Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet has assured his flock that the Vatican's appointment of a coadjutor archbishop is not a sign of dwindling support, Vietnamese government officials are convinced that Archbishop Kiet will soon be removed, in accordance with their wishes. The government's information minister has instructed the media not to call attention to Kiet's departure, AsiaNews reports. Catholic activists in Hanoi have expressed fears that the archbishop is being eased out as the result of an informal agreement between the Vatican and the Vietnamese government, to ease tensions between the two sides and pave the way for the eventual renewal of diplomatic relations.

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