Viet Nam – Holy See Work­ing Group con­cludes 6th meet­ing

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The 6th Meet­ing of the Viet Nam – Holy See Joint Work­ing Group took place in Vat­i­can City from 24 to 26 Oc­to­ber. Af­ter the meet­ing, the fol­low­ing press state­ment was re­leased.

Im­ple­ment­ing the agree­ment reached at the 5th Meet­ing of the Viet Nam – Holy See Joint Work­ing Group in Ha Noi (Septem­ber 2014), the 6th Meet­ing of the Viet Nam – Holy See Joint Work­ing Group took place in Vat­i­can City from 24 to 26 Oc­to­ber.

The Meet­ing was co-chaired by Bui Thanh Son, Permanent Deputy Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, Head of the Viet­namese del­e­ga­tion, and Mon­signor An­toine Camil­leri, Un­der-Sec­re­tary for Re­la­tions with States, Head of the Holy See Del­e­ga­tion.

The two sides had a broad and deep ex­change of views on Viet Nam – Holy See re­la­tions, in­clud­ing is­sues re­lated to the Catholic Church in Viet Nam.

The Viet­namese side re­it­er­ated the con­sis­tent and prac­ti­cal im­prove­ment of the le­gal frame­work and poli­cies on the pro­mo­tion and pro­tec­tion of peo­ple’s freedom of be­lief and re­li­gion; en­cour­age­ment and con­tin­ued fa­cil­i­ta­tion of the ac­tive en­gage­ment of the Catholic Church in Viet Nam in the na­tional cause of so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

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 Viet Nam, and for the as­sis­tance in the or­ga­ni­za­tion of im­por­tant ec­cle­sial cer­e­monies and events.

The two sides agreed that the Catholic Church in Viet Nam 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.

The Holy See reaf­firms that Pope Francis has a keen in­ter­est in the de­vel­op­ment of Viet Nam – Holy See re­la­tions and it looks for­ward to the con­tin­ued and in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion of­fered by the Catholic com­mu­nity, in co­op­er­a­tion with other ac­tors in Viet­namese so­ci­ety, and in ac­cor­dance with the ap­pli­ca­ble laws, to na­tional de­vel­op­ment and the pro­mo­tion of the com­mon good.

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