A Meeting of the Viet Nam – Holy See Joint Working Group took place in Ha Noi on the 17th of May 2024 Photo: Vatican News

Vatican in Vietnam, Vietnam in China: diplomacy on the move

The Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly, a likely candidate for the country’s presidency, has arrived in Beijing for a six-day visit. In a meeting with Xi Jinping, he spoke about “global peace, cooperation, and development». Meanwhile, the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, landed in Hanoi today, where he will meet with the prime minister, and hold celebrations with local Catholic communities.

Interview with the Secretary of State on the interview with Pope Francis and the diplomatic crisis resulting from it.

“One must never forget context, which in this case is a question that was addressed to the Pope. He, in response, spoke of negotiation and, in particular, the courage to negotiate, which is never a surrender. The Holy See pursues this line and continues to call for a ceasefire—and it should be the aggressors who cease fire first—and then the opening of negotiations. The Holy Father explains that negotiating is not weakness but strength. It is not surrender, but courage”, said Cardinal Parolin.

China and Vatican: positive signals, but there is a silence that weighs on us

The three recent appointments of bishops indicate a willingness not to break. But the Agreement with the Vatican is never even mentioned by the People’s Republic of China. While a «five-year plan» for Catholics has just come into force that cites Xi Jinping instead of the pope and invokes a «theological foundation» to a Sinicization that in fact remains only an adaptation to Party policy.