Stressed Hanoi Archbishop Resigns

Less than a week after a coadjutor archbishop was installed to assist him, 57-year-old Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet of Hanoi resigned his post amid rumors that the Vietnamese government had told the Vatican the archbishop must go. Pope Benedict XVI accepted the archbishop’s resignation on May 13. In April Archbishop Ngo Quang Kiet denied that he had been pressed to step down after he asked Catholics in 2007 to pray for the government to return the former apostolic nunciature to the church. He also had criticized Hanoi city authorities for building a flower garden on the premises without local church approval. “I am personally under no pressure from any side,” the archbishop said. The archbishop reportedly had been suffering from stress and insomnia.

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