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Pope Francis meets President Tran Dai Quang of Vietnam during a private audience at the Vatican (CNS photo/Maurizio Brambatti via Reuters)

The 15-minute meeting follows a steady improvement in relations between the two states

Vietnam's ruling Communist Party held a congress in Hanoi last year in which Nguyen Phu Trong was elected leader (Photo: PA)

Meeting comes as restrictions on Catholics in some parts of Vietnam are being eased

Vietnamese Communist Party general secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (AP)

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