Hanoi leaders meet with newly-appointed Archbishop of the Hanoi Archdiocese Joseph Vu Van Thien (second from right) (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Politburo member and Secretary of Hanoi’s Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai and Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung have extended Christmas greetings to Catholic dignitaries and followers in the capital city.

They held separate meetings on December 19 for newly-appointed Archbishop of the Hanoi Archdiocese Joseph Vu Van Thien, who replaced his predecessor Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon.

Hai expressed his belief that with his knowledge and experience, Archbishop Joseph Vu Van Thien will fulfil his tasks at the Hanoi Archdiocese.

As a national political-administrative centre and the country’s major centre for culture, science, education, and economy, the city is currently facing many challenges related to infrastructure, traffic congestion, and environmental pollution, thus requiring the involvement of people from all walks of life to address them, he said.

Therefore, Hanoi authorities hope that the Hanoi Archdiocese, as well as Catholic dignitaries and followers, will stand side-by-side with the city to help prove its position and role, Hai stated.

Meanwhile, Chung also affirmed that during the implementation of its socio-economic development tasks, the capital city hopes to continue receiving support of all its citizens, including the Catholic community.

Earlier, the Secretary of the municipal Party Committee visited the Hanoi Archdiocese on December 18, while the Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee visited the archdiocese the day before.–VNA