Vietnam – Vatican agree to boost ties

Vietnam and the Vatican agreed to promote cooperation during the visit to Vietnam by the delegation led by the Vatican Deputy Foreign Minister.

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh on April 22 received the Vatican’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Monsignor Miroslaw Wachowski, when he went to Vietnam to attend and co-chair the 9th meeting of the Vietnam – Vatican Joint Working Group. , according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc (right) and Deputy Minister Miroslaw Wachowski take a commemorative photo before the IX round meeting of the Vietnam - Vatican Joint Working Group on April 22.  Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc (right) and Deputy Minister Miroslaw Wachowski take a commemorative photo before the IX round meeting of the Vietnam – Vatican Joint Working Group on April 22. Image: Foreign Office

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh asked the Holy See to continue to pay attention to and guide the Vietnamese Catholic community to stick with and accompany the nation, respect the law, and enhance the good image of Catholics in Vietnam. promote the development of Vietnam – Vatican relations.

Deputy Minister Miroslaw Wachowski affirmed that Pope Francis and the Holy See always want the bilateral relationship to develop further, creating conditions for the Vietnamese Catholic community to actively contribute to the development of the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh conveyed Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s invitation to the Prime Minister of the Holy See, Cardinal Parolin to visit Vietnam.

On the same day, Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc and Deputy Minister Miroslaw Wachowski co-chaired the 9th round meeting of the Joint Working Group.
Vietnam – Vatican City.

Deputy Minister Ha Kim Ngoc thanked Pope Francis for the support of 100,000 euros for the Vietnamese Catholic community during the complicated epidemic in August 2021. He said Vietnam appreciates the support of the Vietnamese Catholic Church for the vaccine fund and the frontline participation of priests, monks and lay people in the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Deputy Minister Ha Kim Ngoc emphasized that Vietnam always has a consistent policy of respecting, ensuring the people’s right to freedom of belief and religion, and creating conditions for the Vietnamese Catholic community to develop.

Deputy Minister Miroslaw Wachowski conveyed Pope Francis’ greetings to the Vietnamese people and blessed the Catholic Church in Vietnam, reiterating the Pope’s teaching to the Vietnamese Catholic Church to “live the Gospel among the people”. ethnicity”, “good laity must be good citizens”.

The two sides agreed to maintain exchange mechanisms as well as the role of the Vatican’s non-resident special envoy to Vietnam, in order to contribute to enhancing mutual understanding and facilitating cooperation.

Hong Hanh

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