February 29, 2012.
) A Vatican delegation
recently visited Vietnam
for a quick two day visit. Both states agreed that the Holy See
can continue to send its 'non resident' special envoy who occasionally visits Vietnam to strengthen their relationship.
The Holy See said it wants to broaden the role and mission of its special envoy, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli
, who could eventually serve as Holy See's ambassador in Ho Chi Minh City
For now Vietnam says it will continue its collaboration with the special envoy. It even encouraged the Church to “participate in the current course of its national, economic and social development.”
These type of meetings have taken place three times now, between both states. However, Vietnam and the Holy See don't have official diplomatic relations
Some describe this as odd, since Vietnam has over 6 million Catholics
. In fact, it's the second Asian country
with the most Catholics
. Even though the government says its respects freedom of religion, the activity of the Church remains under tight control.