Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi hosted a reception in Hanoi on January 21 for the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples of the Vatican, Cardinal Fernando Filoni and the Archbishop of Hanoi Cardinal Nguyen Van Nhon.

Nghi assured his guests that the Party and State of Vietnam and municipal authorities respect freedom of religion and belief and acknowledge the tradition of solidarity of the nation and among religions.

He praised local Catholics for their contributions to the development of the capital and the nation as a whole.

Cardinal Filoni thanked the municipal authorities for their support to local Catholic followers, and expressed his wish for closer ties between the Vatican and Vietnam.

Secretary Nghi also congratulated Archbishop Nguyen Van Nhon on his appointment as Cardinal by Pope Francis, saying it accurately reflects his contributions to the Vietnamese Catholic community.-VNA