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New Archbishop Appointed in Hanoi

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 20, 2005 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II named Archbishop Joseph Ngó Quang Kiêt as the new archbishop of Hanoi, Vietnam, reported the Vatican press office.

The new archbishop is replacing Cardinal Paul Joseph Pham Ðình Tung, 85, now retired.

Archbishop Quang Kiêt, 52, was ordained a priest in 1991, and was bishop of Lanson and Cao Bang since 1999. He had been also the apostolic administrator in Hanoi since 2003.

Of the 6 million inhabitants of the Archdiocese of Hanoi, 5.1% are Catholics.

The Holy See also announced the appointment of Bishop François Xavier Le Van Hong as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Hue.

About 6 million of Vietnam’s 82 million inhabitants are Catholic. About 50 million are Buddhists.

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