Vietnam’s Government Committee for Religious Affairs works with Vatican Delegation

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh met with Pope Francis on October 20, 2018

On the afternoon of April 21, the representative of Vietnam’s Government Committee for Religious Affairs had a meeting and worked with the Vatican delegation in Hanoi.

News on the homepage of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs said that the above activity took place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior.

The members of the two sides are clearly stated: the Hanoi side includes Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Vu Chien Thang, Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Vu Hoai Bac, Chief of Office of the Ministry of Home Affairs Vu Dang Minh, Director of the Department of International Cooperation under the Ministry of Home Affairs Chu Tuan Tu and Director of the Catholic Department of the Government Committee on Religious Affairs Dinh Quang Tuyen; The Vatican delegation included Deputy Minister Miroslaw Stanislaw Wachowski, Archbishop Marek Zalewski – Vatican Nuncio to Singapore cum Non-Resident Special Envoy of the Holy See in Vietnam, Monsignor Francis Cao Minh Dung, Civil Officer Vatican Diplomatic Corps; Father Han Hyuntaek, Official of the Vatican’s Agency for Evangelization of Peoples, and Father Joseph Dao Nguyen Vu – Chief of Office of the Vietnam Bishops’ Conference.

VietCatholic Network reported on April 20 that the diplomatic delegation came to Vietnam this time to attend the 9th negotiating meeting of the Vietnam-Vatican Joint Working Group.

The website of the Vietnam Bishops’ Conference said that on April 21 and 22, the Holy See’s delegation have diplomatic activities, greeting leaders of the Government, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Government Committee for Religious Affairs; The focus was on the 9th negotiation meeting of the Vietnam – Vatican Joint Working Group with the content of setting up the Permanent Representative Office of the Holy See in Vietnam.

On the afternoon of April 25, on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam held at the Bishopric of Thai Binh, the Holy See delegation will visit the Thai Binh diocese and meet the bishops attending the Conference there. The Holy See delegation will also visit a few diocesan facilities and celebrate Mass at Thai Binh Cathedral.

On the evening of April 27, the Vatican delegation will leave Vietnam to return to Rome, ending 7 working days in Vietnam.

Statistics from the 2019 Population and Housing Census show that the Roman Catholic community in Vietnam has about 5.9 million followers.

Thoibao.de (Translated)

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