Hanoi authorities congratulate parishioners on Christmas hinh anh 1Standing Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang meets with Bishop John Vu Tat of Hung Hoa Diocese, Son Tay town. (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)
Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi authorities extended Christmas greetings to parishioners in the city on December 20.

At a meeting with Bishop John Vu Tat of Hung Hoa Diocese in Le Loi ward, Son Tay town, Standing Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang acknowledged the significant contributions of Catholic dignitaries, priests and followers to the city’s socio-economic and cultural development in 2016.

She expressed her hope that the Catholics will continue to actively engage in local activities with a view to making the city more beautiful and civilised.

Meanwhile, Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee and Chairwoman of the People’s Council Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc congratulated Catholic dignitaries and followers at the Bac Ninh Diocese on the occasion of Christmas.

She noted that in 2016, the city recorded the highest economic growth rate in six years, reaching and surpassing all socio-economic development targets. These achievements were remarkably contributed by religious followers and Catholics in particular.

Bishop of the Bac Ninh Diocese Hoang Van Dat pledged to encourage parishioners to abide by the Party’s policies and the State’s law and make more contributions to the capital development.

The same day, Nguyen Lan Huong, head of the city’s mass mobilisation department, also presented gifts to Catholics in Phuong Trung commune, Thanh Oai district.-VNA