Chinese Catholic relations: Chinese Catholics must run their church independently — implying at arm’s length — from the Vatican, and guide believers on a "Sinicisation path", said a senior Communist Party official, as China and the Vatican seek to improve relations.
Vatican issues statement about continued discussions between the Vatican and Vietnam.
Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, said May 24 that President Barack Obama's decision to lift the arms embargo in Vietnam "failed to advance long-term U.S. interests."
Dominican Fr. Thomas Thien Tran Minh Cam devoted the past 30 years to reconciling the Catholic church and Vietnam's communist government.