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Tien Giang (VNA) - Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh on December 20 extended Christmas greetings to Catholic dignitaries and followers while visiting the Centre for Pastoral Care of My Tho Diocese and the Jesus Lao Cong Parish in My Tho city in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.

Deputy PM Binh took this occasion to brief the dignities and followers about the nation’s socio-economic development and praise their significant contributions to the country’s great national unity and construction.

He expressed his hope that the dignities and followers in would continue to make contributions to the nation, thus strengthening the great national unity bloc.

The Deputy PM affirmed that the Party and State always facilitate operations of religious organisations, adding that the National Assembly approved a Law on Belief and Religion, in line with the legitimate needs of religious dignities and followers, including Catholics.

Archbishop Nguyen Van Kham of the My Tho Diocese promised to work with the local authorities and organisations to promote the great national unity, thus helping with the national construction and development.

The My Tho Diocese now has 140,000 dignities and parishioners, who are living in the provinces of Tien Giang, Long An and Dong Thap.-VNA