HANOI, Vietnam - About 10,000 people participated in a ceremony for the creation of a new Roman Catholic diocese, the first in more than 30 years in Vietnam, in another sign of thawing relations between the communist government and the Holy See.
The ceremony to create Ba Ria Diocese was presided over by Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, who heads the Vatican's evangelization office, the Rev. Nguyen Duc Quynh of Chu Hai parish said. Monsignor Thomas Nguyen Van Tram was appointed the bishop of Ba Ria.
Ba Ria Diocese will have more than 220,000 Catholics, Quynh said.