Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh extended his Christmas greetings to Catholic and Protestant dignitaries and followers in Ho Chi Minh City on December 20.

The Deputy PM had separate meetings with Archbishop of HCM City Archdiocese Bui Van Doc, Cardinal Pham Minh Man – former Archbishop, and Pastor Phan Vinh Cu, President of the General Confederation of Evangelical Churches of Vietnam (Southern).

Binh took the occasion to recognise the significant contributions of Catholics and Protestants to the country’s socio-economic-cultural development.

He said the Vietnamese Party and State always respect and work to ensure the right to freedom of belief and religion as well as create all favourable conditions for religious activities within the legal framework.

Archbishop Bui Van Doc promised to continuously encourage parishioners to follow the State laws and policies and actively participate in patriotic emulation campaigns.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Pham Minh Man wished peace and prosperity for the country.

Pastor Phan Vinh Cu pledged to encourage Protestant dignitaries and followers to join production activities, charity campaigns and poverty reduction efforts./.