2016-11-23 18:55:00

Pope meets Vietnamese president in private audience

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis met with the President of Vietnam, Tran Dai Quang, in a private audience on Wednesday.

A statement from the Holy See Press Office said, "During the cordial meeting, the good relations between the Holy See and Vietnam were recalled, which are sustained by a common spirit of dialogue and the constant search for the correct instruments so that they may progress." The statement said the collaboration between the Church and the Vietnamese State was also highlighted.

President Tran Dai Quang presented Pope Francis with a small drum with a bronze base, while the Holy Father gave him a medal of his pontificate and copies of Evangelii gaudium, Amoris laetitia, and Laudato si'.

Afterwards, President Tran Dai Quang met with the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher.

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