Top legislator extends Christmas greetings to Catholics in Ho Chi Minh City

Thursday, 2018-12-20 11:11:38
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NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Catholic dignitaries of the Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA - National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on December 19 visited and extended Christmas greetings to Auxiliary Bishop of Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese Do Manh Hung and local Catholic dignitaries and followers.

She stressed that the Party and State applaud the role and contributions of Catholics to national construction and development.

The Law on Belief and Religion, which has officially come into force since early 2018, has affirmed that the freedom of belief and religion of all Vietnamese people is respected and ensured, facilitating the practice of religions in line with charters and regulations of religious organisations, as well as law, the top legislator said.

The leader expressed her hope that Catholic dignitaries and followers will carry forward the tradition of patriotism, accompany the nation and make practical contributions to strengthening the great national unity bloc, as well as national construction.

For his part, Auxiliary Bishop Hung said the Law on Belief and Religion has created conditions for religious people, including Catholics, to practise their religions and contribute more to national socio-economic development.

He said with about 1 million Catholics, Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese is the largest among 26 archdioceses and dioceses nationwide.

It has established many facilities in support of disabled children, the elderly and HIV/AIDS patients, he said, adding that the archdiocese has received support from local authorities during its operation.

On the occasion of the upcoming Christmas and New Year, NA Chairwoman Ngan also visited Cardinal Pham Minh Man at the Ho Chi Minh City pastoral centre.

On the same day, Ngan also extended Christmas greetings to the Catholic community while visiting the Diocese of Xuan Loc in the southern province of Dong Nai.

She wished that Catholic dignitaries and followers of Xuan Loc Diocese would continue to uphold their tradition of patriotism and a positive outlook.

On the same day, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan visited and wished the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City a merry Christmas.

Nhan thanked the archdiocese for their involvement in local development programmes and charitable activities. He wished that they will further their efforts to carry out socio-economic development schemes, helping to improve the livelihoods of local people.

Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Do Manh Hung, for his part, thanked the city’s leaders for creating favourable conditions for Catholic followers, saying that he is proud of the city’s robust achievements across the fields of economy, foreign investment attraction, and tourism.