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Vietnam cardinal's departure leaves questions

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HO CHI MINH CITY -- Pope Francis on March 22nd formally accepted the resignation of Cardinal Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Man who is stepping down after serving 16 years as archbishop of the Ho Chi Minh City archdiocese.

While the move has long been coming and his successor was named last year, Man’s departure leaves a large hole in the fabric of pastoral leadership here and questions about critical between church and state in Vietnam, which is officially a communist country.

SLU names first lay president

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St. Louis University announced Friday it has named Fred Pestello the university’s 33rd president. He is the first permanent lay president in the Jesuit school’s 196-year history.

"I am humbled and honored to follow in the footsteps of the Jesuit presidents who have come before me, and I am deeply committed to carrying on the mission they have fostered so well," Pestello said in a press release.

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