The ongoing visit to Vietnam by Vatican Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, is hoped to help him understand more about religious policies and life of Vietnamese Catholic followers.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right); Vatican Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples (Photo: VNA)|
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reiterated that the Vietnamese Government always respects and ensures citizens’ right to freedom of belief and religion at a reception for the Cardinal in Hanoi on January 20.
He took the occasion to congratulate Hanoi’s Archbishop Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon on his new naming as a cardinal by Pope Francis, saying this is a joy of the Vietnamese Catholic community.
The Government leader recognised and spoke highly of the Vietnamese Catholic community’s contributions to national development and their activities for national interests.
The PM went on to say that the relations between Vietnam and Vatican remain strong despite ups and downs during their long-lasting bilateral ties and will have forward prospects.
The relations have seen progress via annual talks and regular contact. Recent high-level exchanges opened up prospects to move the bilateral relationship forwards, he noted.
The Government leader said the two sides should continue frank dialogue on the basis of sincerity, mutual understanding and trust and respect for differences to benefit the community of seven million Catholic followers in Vietnam.
He suggested Vatican Cardinal Fernando Filoni and Special Envoy Leopoldo Girelli providing specific instructions for the Vietnam Catholic Church to take practical actions to translate the Pope’s teachings into reality.
Vatican Cardinal Fernando Filoni congratulated Vietnam on its achievements, and recognised progress made in the talks between the two sides.
He shared with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s viewpoints on the future relations between Vietnam and the Vatican.
The Cardinal said that the talks will facilitate the relationship development and that the Vatican wishes the establishment of diplomatic ties with Vietnam would become real.
That Archbishop of Hanoi Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon was named by Pope Francis among the new cardinals reflected the Vatican’s respect and appreciation for Vietnam and its people, Cardinal Fernando Filoni said.
He added that recent meetings between Vietnamese leaders and the Pope will spur better cooperation between the two sides./.