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After having returned to the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family held in Rome from October 5-19, Mgr. Paul Bùi Văn Đọc, archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City and president of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam, was interviewed by the staff of Episcopal Commission of Social Communications. The Archbishop freely accepted this interview in which he shared his reflection on the 2-week meeting in Rome.
The delegation of the Holy See, led by Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, the Holy See Secretariat for Relations with States, arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday evening, September 7, to visit Archbishop Paul Bùi Văn Đọc, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam (CBCV) and prepare for the fifth meeting of bilateral commission in Hanoi. Upon his arrival, Monsignor Camilleri was warmly welcomed by Archbishop Đọc. In the companion of Archbishop Đọc, the Holy See delegation spent a full day, September 8, meeting with all representatives of the clergy, religious and laity of the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City before heading north to Hanoi for official meetings with Vietnamese authority on September 10 and 11.
The Church in Vietnam celebrated the 30th National Congress of Our Lady of La Vang in the archdiocese of Huế from August 13 to 15, 2014. The National Congress of Our Lady of Lavng is celebrated triennially. The pastoral theme of the Church in Vietnam this year, “New Evangelization of the Family,” was also the theme for the Congress.
The Holy Father has appointed Bishop of Mỹ Tho, Việt Nam (area 9,262, population 5,280,320, Catholics 126,560, priests 125, religious 282) Bishop Pierre Nguyễn Văn Khảm, until now Titular Bishop of Trofimiana and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Hồ Chí Minh City.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam (CBCV) held its first annual meeting at the Pastoral Center of Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese in gathering all archbishops and bishops of 25 dioceses of Vietnam, except the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Vinh Long due to his ailment.
Nguyen Phu Trong, the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, today visited Benedict XVI in the Vatican.
It is 40 years since the Bishops of Asia set up the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), a coordinating body of the Catholic Church in Asia. The event is being celebrated during the tenth plenary assembly of the leaders and delegates of the various Bishops' Conferences in the continent when they meet in Vietnam from 10 to 16 December, 2012.

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