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Pope advances sainthood cause of Vietnam cardinal

Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan once served as president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Pope advances sainthood cause of Vietnam cardinal

A file photo of a woman kissing the hand of Vietnamese Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan in Chiapas, Mexico on October 30, 2001. (Photo by Janet Schwartz/AFP)

May 8, 2017

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Pope Francis has advanced the sainthood cause of Vietnamese Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan.

The pope approved the decree during a recent audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, Catholic News Service reported.

Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtues of Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, who served as president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace from 1998 to 2002 — the year he died.

Born in 1928, Vietnam's communist regime jailed him in 1975 when he was the newly named coadjutor bishop of Saigon, later renamed Ho Chi Minh City. He was never tried or sentenced and spent nine of his 13 years of detention in solitary confinement. His uncle was South Vietnam's first president, Ngo Dinh Diem, a Catholic who was assassinated in 1963.

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Source: Catholic News Service

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