Leaders wish Catholics nationwide merry Christmas hinh anh 1Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai (second from left) visits Archbishop of the Hanoi Archdiocese Cardinal Nguyen Van Nhon to extend his Christmas and New Year greetings. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai on December 19 visited Archbishop of the Hanoi Archdiocese Cardinal Nguyen Van Nhon to extend his Christmas and New Year greetings.

On behalf of the city’s leaders, Hai wished Catholic dignitaries and followers nationwide a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

He briefed the capital’s socio-economic development in 2017 and development plans for 2018, noting the significant contributions of the archdiocese to the city’s education, health and environmental sectors.

The official hoped the archdiocese’s dignitaries and local Catholics would continue their tradition of strengthening national solidarity and developing the capital.

Archbishop Nguyen Van Nhon extended his thanks to the city’s leaders and said that each local Catholic has a duty to lead a good religious life, support other people and contribute to Hanoi.

Earlier the same day, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Council Nguyen Ngoc Tuan met with Bishop John Vu Tat of Hung Hoa Diocese in Le Loi ward, Son Tay town. The official acknowledged the contributions of the diocese, wishing its members good health and a merry Christmas.

Also on December 19, Head of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Truong Thi Mai visited the headquarters of the Thai Binh Archdiocese, which groups about 133,000 followers in the northern provinces of Thai Binh and Hung Yen.

During the visit, Bishop Nguyen Van De expressed his wish that ties between the Thai Binh Archdiocese and local authorities would grow robustly.

Meanwhile, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Council of Quang Ninh province Nguyen Van Doc met with priests ahead of Christmas.

He sent his best wishes to Catholics in the northern province and expressed his hope that they would continue to promote their traditions while contributing to provincial development.

A meeting between representatives of Gia Lai People’s Committee and the Central Highland province’s Protestant churches – Thanh Tam Church and Kon Tum Archdiocese – was also held on the day.

According to Protestant pastor Huynh Duy Linh, religious believers and Christians in particular strongly believe in the guidance of the State and Party, therefore they will further participate in patriotic campaigns and promote national unity.

The Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long also held a meeting to congratulate Christian dignitaries and to wish them a merry Christmas.

Speaking at the event, the province’s Party Secretary Truong Van Sau acknowledged the contributions of the local Christian community to its development. He also expressed his wish that they would continue to promote patriotism.-VNA