Catholics contribute to national construction, defence hinh anh 1At the press conference (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - A national congress of Vietnamese Catholics will take place from October 12-13 in Hanoi, with the participation of more than 400 Catholic priests and followers.

The information was released by the Committee for Solidarity of Vietnamese Catholics (CSVC) at a press conference in Hanoi on October 8.

The congress will assess outcomes of patriotic movements among Catholics and activities of the committee, and set targets to bring forward the movement.

According to the CSVC, over the years, thanks to patriotic movements, many business models of Catholics have shown high economic efficiency.

The models have mainly focused on shifting the structure of farms and large-scale handicraft production, along with the establishment of businesses, the committee said.

Charitable and humanitarian activities have also been scaled up, with classes for street children and people with disabilities, care for leprosy and AIDS patients, fundraising for poor people in need of eye and heart operations and support for disaster-hit citizens.

The CSVC has set up a network covering 42 cities and provinces nationwide.-VNA