Vatican sees closer Vietnam ties as bridge to Asia


VATICAN CITY: The Vatican said on Thursday it was committed to reestablishing diplomatic ties with Vietnam as part of a bid to better relations with Asia in general. Pope Francis is keen for the Church to tap into Asia, a continent where the number of Catholics, currently just 3.2 percent of the population, is rocketing. During his five-day visit to South Korea in August — his first trip to Asia — the pope called for communist countries Vietnam and China, which do not have formal ties with the Vatican, to accept a “dialogue” with Rome.



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