During the stay, the delegation paid courtesy calls
to Pope Francis, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Foreign
Minister Paul Gallagher, and held a working session with a Vatican
delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Antoine Camilleri within the
framework of the Vietnam – Vatican Joint Working Group.
During meetings, the two sides extensively discussed
ties between Vietnam and the Vatican, including issues regarding the Vietnam
They agreed that ties between Vietnam and the
Vatican are growing with regular contact at all levels, especially meetings
at high level.
Deputy FM Dung affirmed that the Vietnamese Party
and State always consistently implement and continuously improve laws and
policies of respecting and ensuring citizens’ freedom of religion and
beliefs, pay attention to the needs of the Catholic community, encourage and
create favourable conditions for the Vietnam Catholic Church to join in
Pope Francis welcomed the visit of the Vietnamese
delegation, which he said contributes to increasing mutual understanding and
He expressed his admiration for Vietnamese people’s
fight for national independence in the past and the cause of national
building at present.
He hoped the relations between the two sides will
continue to be promoted based on mutual respect, cooperation and dialogues.
Parolin and Gallagher thanked the Vietnamese
Government and authorities at all levels for always paying attention to the
needs of the Vietnam Catholic Church and facilitating religious practices
and organisation of important religious events.
The Vatican affirmed that it hopes the Vietnamese
Catholic community will continue making active contributions to the cause of
national development and follow Vietnam’s laws.
The two sides agreed on the appointment of some
bishops and underlined the Pope’s teaching that Vietnamese Catholics must be
good citizens, always accompany the nation in national building, and respect
and abide by Vietnam’s law.
They also agreed on basic principles and content
regarding the operational regulations of Vatican’s resident special envoy
and the resident special envoy office in Vietnam with a view to implementing
them as soon as possible.
The two sides reached consensus on enhancing
exchange mechanisms based on agreed principles and in the spirit of
dialogue, mutual trust and understanding, as well as on promoting delegation
exchanges, especially at high level, in the time to come.-VNA