Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On 22 December 2018 the Holy Father created the new diocese of Ha Tĩnh (Vietnam), with the dismemberment of the diocese of Vinh, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan see of Hà Nôi and appointed H.E. Msgr. Paul Nguyên Thái Hop, O.P., currently bishop of Vinh, as the first bishop of Ha Tĩnh.
The newly-erected diocese of Ha Tĩnh is situated in the northern region of the country, and comprises two civil provinces, Ha Tĩnh and Quảng Bình. The new ecclesiastical circumscription will be dedicated to Mary Most Holy, Mother of God. The diocese will be a suffragan of the ecclesiastical province of Hà Nôi. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 28/12/2018)