Representatives of the Holy See and Vietnam held their sixth official meeting since 2009 with a view to establishing full diplomatic relations.
The delegations were led by Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, the Holy See’s Under-Secretary for Relations with States, and Bui Thanh Son, Vietnam’s Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Communist nation of 95.3 million is 7% Catholic.
At the conclusion of their three-day meeting at the Vatican on October 26, both parties issued a joint statement.
“The Holy See, while reaffirming the freedom of the Church to carry out its mission for the good of the whole of society, expressed appreciation to the Vietnamese government for the attention given to the needs of the Catholic Church, as recently witnessed through the establishment of the Catholic Institute of Vietnam,” the parties stated.
The parties also “agreed that the Catholic Church in Vietnam will continue to be inspired by the Magisterium of the Church regarding the practice of ‘living the Gospel in the nation’ and being, at the same time, good Catholics and good citizens.”