President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man presents a gift to Bishop Thomas Nguyen Van Tram as part of his visit to the Phan Thiet Diocese (Photo: VNA)

Binh Thuan (VNA) – President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man on April 20 visited and extended his Easter greetings to the Phan Thiet Diocese in the south central province of Binh Thuan.

On behalf of Party and State leaders, Man wished Bishop Thomas Nguyen Van Tram, and Catholic dignitaries and followers good health and a merry Easter.

The official stressed that Catholics nationwide, including those in Binh Thuan, have contributed significantly to the country’s socio-economic development and outstanding front works in the past time, particularly campaigns initiated by the VFF in building new-style rural areas, poverty alleviation, and environmental protection, among others.

Noting that the VFF will hold its all-level and national congresses this year, Man hoped the Catholic Church in Vietnam will support and make their contributions to the success of these events.

For his part, Bishop Thomas Nguyen Van Tram thanked the Party, State, and VFF for their attention to the Catholic community.

He pledged to continue encouraging local Catholic followers to respect the law, support the authorities, and contribute to the country’s socio-economic-cultural growth as well as solidarity building.-VNA