HCM City leading official visits religious dignitaries hinh anh 1Politburo member, Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan pays pre-Tet visit to local religious establishments and dignitaries. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Politburo member Nguyen Thien Nhan, who is also Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, on February 2 visited various religious establishments and dignitaries in the city on the occasion of the upcoming traditional lunar New Year (Tet).

Visiting Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang at Hue Nghiem Pagoda in District 2, Nhan spoke highly of the monk’s contributions to the development of Buddhism in the country in general and the city in particular. He wished the dignitary good health and continued contributions to the further development of the religion.

For his part, Thich Tri Quang praised the city’s achievements over the recent past and expressed his belilef that in the new year, the city will reap further achievements.

The same day, Nhan visited supportless old people who are being taken care of at a church in Thu Thiem (District 2). He highly valued the social activities of the church and stressed that it has done well the charity work.

Before that, the official visited the Thu Thiem Church, where he extended warm regards to Parish Priest Le Dang Niem and spoke highly of his work in easing the difficulties of the poor.

Also on February 2, Nhan visited and extended Tet greetings to representatives of the Party Committee, administration and locals of Nha Be district, asking them to accelerate the administrative reform and to focus efforts on the national programme of building new-style rural area in the locality.-VNA