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Vietnamese Communist Party leader visits Benedict XVI


The audience between the Pope and Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong comes amidst talks between the Holy See and officially-atheist Vietnam to establish full diplomatic relations.

Following their encounter, the Communist leader also met with the Vatican's top diplomat, Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.

Trong's visit to the Vatican is the fourth by a high ranking Vietnamese official since 2007. Before then, the Vatican had broken off relations with that Asian country following the fall of Saigon in 1973.