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Vatican and Vietnam diplomatic relations make stop forward

Archbishop Girelli will also be nuncio to Singapore and apostolic delegate to Malaysia and Brunei. ;

Relations with the Vatican and Vietnam fizzled 36 years ago, in 1975, after the communist regime expelled all the papal representatives from the war-torn nation. ;

The Vietnam government wants to intervene in the naming of bishops of the country and the ordination of priests. ;

In December 2009, the president of Vietnam visited the Vatican. It was the first visit by a Vietnamese leader and an event that the Vatican said was a step toward “significant progress in bilateral relations”. ;

Vietnam has the fourth-largest ;number of Catholics in Asia, with 6 million Catholics. They constitute nearly 7% of the nation?s total population.