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Beatification cause opens for Vietnamese cardinal

October 06, 2010

The cause for beatification of Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan will open in Rome later this month with the commencement of a diocesan inquiry into his life and work.

The Vietnamese prelate, who spent 13 years in prison camps in his native land, was exiled upon his release from prison. He spent the remainder of his life in Rome, where he was vice-president and then president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. He died in Rome in 2002, having acquired a widespread reputation for sanctity.

The formal opening of the beatification inquiry will be on October 22, with Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the papal vicar for the Rome diocese, presiding.


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