Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope Benedict meets with Vietnam Secretary-General Phu Trong

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Vatican City, January 22 - Pope Benedict XVI
received the secretary-general of Vietnam's Communist Party
Nguyen Phu Trong at the Vatican on Tuesday in a private audience
37 years after the two states broke off diplomatic relations
following the occupation of Saigon.
During the "cordial discussions" between Trong and the
pope, the two discussed "issues of common interest and expressed
the hope that pending situations would soon be resolved that
could strengthen a fruitful collaboration," Vatican Spokesperson
Father Federico Lombardi said.
The meeting lasted about half an hour and was also
attended by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
and Secretary for Relations with States, Mons. Dominique
Mamberti.
Relations between the two states have been warming since a
2009 meeting between Pope Benedict and Vietnam President Nguyen
Minh Triet, and the Vatican appointment of a papal
representative for Vietnam, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, in
2011.

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