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Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Gallagher (center) meets with Vietnamc’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (unseen) and other officials at the Foreign Ministry in Hanoi on April 9, 2024.

Vatican official meets Vietnam’s prime minister during historic diplomatic trip

Apr 11, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states, spoke with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh about a... Read more

Pope Francis receives a delegation from Vietnam’s Communist Party government at the Vatican on Jan. 18, 2024.

Could Pope Francis become the first pope to visit Vietnam?

Jan 18, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Vietnam has one of the largest Catholic populations among countries never visited by a pope. Pope Francis is keen to... Read more

This work of art was displayed at St. Peter's on the occasion of the Vatican's Celebration of the Canonization of 117 Vietnamese Martyrs on July 19, 1988.

St. Andrew Dung-Lac and companions: vanguards of the faith in a time of persecution

Nov 24, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

On Nov. 24, the Church remembers and honors St. Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions, a group of 117 martyrs who... Read more

Vietnamese bishop: Plan for charity this Lunar New Year

Jan 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

Inspired by Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace, a Vietnamese bishop is encouraging Catholics to establish an... Read more

The flag of Vietnam.

Agreement reached on permanent Holy See representative to Vietnam

Aug 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Holy See-Vietnam diplomacy working group, which met inside the Vatican this week, reached an agreement on establishing a permanent... Read more

Fr. Joseph Tran Duc Ngoi recites Lenten meditations at Trai Le Parish, Central Vietnam.

This unique chant brings Vietnamese Catholics deeper into Christ's Passion

Apr 19, 2019

While the Stations of the Cross are a worldwide Lenten devotion for Catholics, the faithful in Vietnam have an additional... Read more

US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un sit for a dinner at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Feb. 27, 2019.

South Korean bishop weighs in on Trump-Kim summit

Feb 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

As U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet in Vietnam this week, a South Korean archbishop... Read more

A participant in the CRS/Special Olympics program for disabled children in Vietnam.

How CRS is changing life for disabled children in Vietnam

Dec 29, 2018

By Kate Veik

Life used to be very isolated for Ho Ngoc Linh, an 11-year-old girl living in central Vietnam.  Read more

Vietnamese flag.

Critics blast US crackdown on protected Vietnamese immigrants

Apr 18, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Thousands of Vietnamese immigrants in the U.S. who were previously protected under an agreement largely for refugees fleeing post-war Vietnam... Read more

Flag of Vietnam.

Advancing relations core of meeting between Pope, Vietnam president

Nov 24, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis met Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Vatican for a meeting largely focused on collaboration... Read more

Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Amid communist rule, a Catholic university opens in Vietnam

Sep 21, 2016

After 40 years, the first Catholic Church-operated university opened in Vietnam since the advent of communism in the country.  Read more

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Use 'moral authority' to push for change in Vietnam, advocates tell the US

Sep 15, 2016

By Matt Hadro

If the U.S. uses its moral authority' to pressure Vietnam on human rights issues, the southeast Asian country will change... Read more

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, June 16, 2016.

He escaped Vietnam on a fishing boat, and now he's a bishop

Jun 28, 2016

In the 1970s, a teenager boarded a boat to escape the cruelty of war in his homeland of Vietnam. He... Read more

Was it a mistake to lift the arms embargo against Vietnam?

May 23, 2016

By Matt Hadro

As the U.S. lifted its decades-long arms embargo with Vietnam during President Barack Obama’s visit there, human rights advocates argued... Read more

Vietnamese Youth Leaders annual lenten retreat in Thailand Mar 17-18, 2015.

Young Vietnamese migrant workers find strength in Lenten practices

Mar 24, 2015

Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for a Lenten retreat focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of... Read more

Offical graphic from the 2008 episcopal consecration of Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Kham, who was recently appointed Bishop of My Tho. Photo courtesy of Bishop Nguyen.

Vietnamese bishop joyful to lead, evangelize new flock

Aug 4, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

The newly appointed Bishop of My Tho, Peter Nguyen Van Kham, has voiced enthusiasm for evangelizing and forming the faithful... Read more

Vietnamese youth receiving a blessing and Easter eggs following the Mass at Chair of St. Peter parish in Bangkok, April 20, 2014.

Easter celebration strengthens Vietnamese migrants in Thailand

Apr 23, 2014

Scores of Catholic migrants from Vietnam gathered across Thailand on Sunday to celebrate Christ's Resurrection with the traditions of their... Read more

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, (R-Virginia).

Vietnam president's visit shines spotlight on human rights

Jul 12, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

As the leaders of the United States and Vietnam prepare to meet, one federal lawmaker is calling for stronger efforts... Read more