Religious life in North Vietnam is "very intensive," according to a report in the French Journal Informations Catholiques Internationales. An article by Francois Hint shows that there are 1.5 million Catholics in the country, and that some villages are entirely Catholic.
M. Biot says that the North Vietnamese government does 'not try to prevent attendance at religious services or the religious instruction of children. Even Catholic societies are ritolA:BrItahltooetdutg. that they felt their activities some priests told
were limited by the government, the French journalist thinks it virtually certain that no Catholic priests are in jail.
But because of communication problems, the North Vietnamese Church has not caught up with modern theology. M. Blot believes the Church authorities should show greater openness towards the Communist government, in keeping with the trend towards greater "dialogue."