Catholic solidarity committee reviews 2017 work hinh anh 1The Committee for Solidarity of Vietnamese Catholics held the fifth conference of the 2013 – 2018 tenure on December 14. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Committee for Solidarity of Vietnamese Catholics held the fifth conference of the 2013 – 2018 tenure and hosted Christmas celebration in Ho Chi Minh City on December 14.

The event was attended by senior officials of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, the Government Committee for Religious Affairs and several governmental agencies at central and local levels.

During the event, delegates reviewed reports on the committee’s performance in 2017 and outlined tasks and directions for 2018. They also discussed the outcomes of this year’s patriotic emulation movement carried out by the committee and evaluated the organisation of the congress, namely “Vietnamese Catholics to build and defend the motherland", in cities and provinces for the 2017-2022 term.

Priest Phan Dinh Son, Vice President of the Committee for Solidarity of Vietnamese Catholics, said the Catholics in Vietnam have applied advanced technology in production in recent years. They also raised funds and donated lands and building materials for construction of rural roads, changing the face of their homeland for the better, he added.

He noted that the committee will focus on educating Catholic people on the Party’s policies and State’s laws and disseminating movements of the Vietnam Fatherland Front among them in 2018.

VFF Central Committee Vice Chairman Ngo Sach Thuc expressed his delight at what the committee has achieved so far, saying it has promoted the good Catholic values in its activities, particularly upholding the traditional “Love your neighbours as yourself” and building safe neighborhoods and happy families

Thuc expected that the committee will continue popularising the Law on Belief and Religion, which will take effect from January 2018, among the Catholics and promote the role of Catholic organisations in healthcare and education.-VNA