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Vietnam Bishops relaunch information bulletin with government permit

Catholic bishops in Vietnam have resumed publication of an information bulletin, suspended for more than a year, after the government gave it a permit to publish on a limited scale.

Fr Antoine Nguyen Ngoc Son, secretary of the Vietnam Bishops' Conference and chief editor of the bulletin, told reporters last week that the conference Standing Committee had decided to relaunch Hiep Thong (Communion).

The new provisions say that the bulletin can be published every two months, its size limited to 50 A4 pages and its circulation to 100 copies, because "the government understands that the publication is intended only for internal circulation, among the bishops and some clergy," a Church source said.

Ban Tin Hiep Thong