Marx sees more freedom for Church

21 January 2016 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
Although religious freedom had not yet been achieved in Vietnam, the Churches’ freedom of movement had steadily improved in recent years, Cardinal Reinhard Marx told during a nine-day visit to Vietnam. He had the impression that the politicians he had spoken to were keen to give the Church more freedom in order to achieve a higher standard of living for the Vietnamese people. “They have nothing against the Church helping the poor. The ­president of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front [a  group of pro-government ‘mass movements’  close to the ruling Communist Party] told me he was proud that he had been able to award special prizes to 25 Catholic nursery schools,” said the cardinal.The president, Nguyen Thien Nhan, had advised

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