The third congress of the southern province of Bac Lieu’s Committee for Catholic Solidarity for the 2013-2018 tenure opened on September 26, drawing 280 priests and followers.

In the spirit of “living the gospel in the heart of the nation to serve people’s welfare,” the congress set the new tenure targets for the provincial Committee for Catholic Solidarity, including upholding the traditional solidarity of ethnic groups and religions in the province.

The committee will also match the Catholics’ patriotic emulation campaign with the provincial movement, contributing to the national industrialisation and modernisation.

It will also encourage followers to uphold the spirit of mutual support, actively join charitable activities as well as fight social evils, protect national security, and build cultural lifestyle.

During the previous tenure, the committee encouraged Catholics followers to contribute 2.4 billion VND (115,000 USD) to offering scholarships, textbooks and notebooks to local disadvantaged students.

It collaborated with nurses and doctors from Ho Chi Minh City to provide free medical check-ups and medicines for the poor.

The committee also donated 2.2 billion VND to poor people inside and outside the province.-VNA