Saturday, 3 March 2007

Holy See Delegation to Visit Vietnam

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 2, 2007 - A Holy See delegation will make a weeklong visit to Vietnam to maintain relations with the country's authorities.

The visit of the Vatican representatives, headed by Monsignor Pietro Parolin, undersecretary for relations with states, will begin Sunday.

The visit takes place after Benedict XVI received Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in audience Jan. 25. The prime minister was the first leader of Hanoi to be received in the Vatican by a Pope.

A Vatican communiqué described that meeting as "a new and important step toward the normalization of bilateral relations."

According to AsiaNews, "The Vatican delegation headed for Hanoi aims for the concrete launch of a process toward diplomatic ties, even if not their immediate realization, and also for the appointment of bishops."