Catholic community contributes significantly to capital development: Official hinh anh 1Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue (L, standing) and Joseph Vu Van Thien, Archbishop of the Hanoi Archdiocese (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Party’s Committee Vuong Dinh Hue spoke highly of constructive contributions of the Hanoi Archdiocese and Catholics in the capital this year during his visit to extend Christmas greetings to the archdiocese on December 22.

At the meeting, he said Hanoi, despite largely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, has completed its socio-economic growth targets, with its GRDP increasing 3.98 percent and budget collection exceeding the estimate.

The pandemic situation in the city has basically been put under control, he added.

Hue attributed the results to the concerted efforts from the local Party, authorities and people, including the Catholic community.

Stressing that several important events will take place in 2021, the official hoped the community to continue their participation in the capital’s emulation campaigns in contribution to the realisation of its goals.

For his part, Joseph Vu Van Thien, Archbishop of the Hanoi Archdiocese, thanked the municipal authorities for giving assistance to Catholics and asked for further facilitation of religious activities in the capital.

The Hanoi Archdiocese encompasses Hanoi, and Hoa Binh, Ha Nam and Nam Dinh provinces with about 35,000 followers. 

Earlier the same day, member of the Party Central Committee, Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee and Chairman of the People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh visited the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (North) and the Hanoi Evangelical Church, extending his merry Christmas and Happy New Year greetings.

The Evangelical Church of Vietnam (North) is the biggest Protestant organisation in the region, with more than 170,000 followers, 21 branches, and 13 churches across 29 northern provinces and centrally run cities./.