Page 2, 23rd October 1970

23rd October 1970
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Page 2, 23rd October 1970 — S.Vietnam leader follows Nixon in Vatican talks

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Organisations: South Vietnam government
People: Paul, Ky, Doi Then, Nixon, Saigon
Locations: New York, Rome


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S.Vietnam leader follows Nixon in Vatican talks

FROM A ROME CORRESPONDENT ASURPRISE visit to the Vatican by Vice-President Ky of South Vietnam last Thursday brought renewed speculation that a major peace initiative is being planned by the Pope. His 25-minute meeting with the Pope followed President Nixon's visit early this month.

Vatican officials confirmed that Vice-President Ky, who was on his way from Saigon to New York. discussed the Vietnam war with Pope Paul. "It was a good chance for the Pope to hear a first-hand account of Saigon's point of view after his earlier meeting with President Nixon."

The meeting, which took place less than three hours after Vice-President Ky arrived in Rome, caught journalists by surprise. Vatican sources said that the Pope's visit to Asia next month would give him an opportunity to

make a major speech appealing for peace in the area.

The October issue of Doi Then "Face. to Face." a monthly edited by Fr. Chan Tin C.SS.R., and published in Saigon, has been confiscated by the South Vietnam government on charges of publishing Communist propaganda.

The article complained of was on the building of Social, ism in North Vietnam, by Fr. Truong Ba Can, national chaplain of the Young Christian Workers.

The two previous issues were also confiscated.

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