The establishment of the new university marks a historical turning point for the Church in this communist country and a step towards complete freedom of education
Paolo affatato, vatican city
The Archbishop of former
Having been kept out of the state-monopolized educational system for decades, bishops developed the project and took action once they found a gap in the institutions. They looked into forging a partnership with the prestigious Catholic University of Paris and came up with the idea of establishing an advanced Institute of theological studies in
The project quickly ended up on the desks of officials in the Vietnamese ministry of education and judging from the first interviews and informal communication established, a lot of headway has been made in the process of obtaining government authorization.
“We are confident. It will mark an important step forward for the common good of the country, a sign of great hope for a brighter future for
It would not be an exaggeration to call the establishment of this long-awaited institution a “historical turning point”. The Catholic Church’s right to freedom of education in
This “constructive approach” paid off, the archbishop explained, because it made the government more open to the Church’s project. The seed grew and now everything is set for the first Vietnamese Catholic university of the new age and it is even being granted pontifical status. The president of the Vietnamese Episcopate will get the chance to talk to Pope Francis about the project in
Francis will be meeting representative of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.