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Swapping a priest for guns

HANOI (SE): Aware that human rights groups had been petitioning the president of the United States of America (US), Barack Obama, to exert pressure on his Vietnamese counterparts during his May 23 to 25 visit to the country, authorities in Hanoi released long term prisoner of conscience, 70-year-old Father Nguyen van Ly, on May 21.

AsiaNews reported that Hanoi spoke of a presidential pardon for Father Nguyen, who did his first stint behind bars in 1977 and 1978 and his second from 1983 to 1992.

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Obama encouraged to talk to atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima

NIIGATA (AsiaNews): “I welcome the visit of the president of the United States of America (US) to the site of the nuclear bomb in Hiroshima,” Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi, from Niigata in Japan, said as he extended a hand of friendship to the first sitting president to visit arguably one of the two most significant peace memorials in the world.

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Obama meets cardinal in Havana

HAVANA (SE): The president of the United States of America (US), Barack Obama, met with Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega y Alamino in Havana, during his three-day visit to Cuba on March 20.

The meeting took place at the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception in the nation’s capital city on the first day of the US president’s visit.

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Obama quotes pope in State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON (SE): In his final State of the Union Address, the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, made reference to the words that Pope Francis addressed to the congress during his visit to Washington in September last year.

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