Vietnam Refuses to Recognize New Cardinal

HANOI, Vietnam, SEPT. 29, 2003 ( Vietnam refused to recognize John Paul II’s appointment of a new cardinal for Ho Chi Minh City, the Associated Press reported.

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Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man was chosen Sunday as one of 31 cardinals. Officials at the Vietnamese Government Committee for Religious Affairs, however, said today that the Vatican did not seek permission to elevate the archbishop, AP said.

An official in Rome who spoke on condition of anonymity told the AP that the Vatican never seeks permission regarding appointments of cardinals and that nominations are entirely up to the Pope. Vietnam tightly controls religion, AP noted.

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