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Vietnam, Vatican agree to upgrade relations

By Reuters   April 22, 2022 | 07:23 pm PT
Vietnam, Vatican agree to upgrade relations
People gather in front of St. Joseph’s Cathedral of Hanoi during the Christmas holiday in 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Lan Huong
The Vatican and Vietnam have agreed to upgrade their relations, which have been slowly improving since a total break after the Vietnam War nearly half a century ago.

A joint working group agreed at its latest meeting in Hanoi that in the near future relations would be upgraded to the level of residential representatives in both Hanoi and Rome, a Vatican statement said on Friday.

This would be one step short of full diplomatic relations with ambassadors, which have been the stated aim of the talks since they began in 2009.

There are about seven million Catholics in Vietnam out of population of about 97 million. Most Vietnamese practice folk religions or Buddhism.

 
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