Dong Nai (VNA) – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan extended Christmas greetings to the Catholic community while visiting the Catholic Diocese of Xuan Loc in the southern province of Dong Nai on December 19.

Speaking at the meeting, the NA Chairwoman attributed the country’s socio-economic achievements to the Catholic community’s contributions and highlighted the role of Catholic dignitaries in local development.

She affirmed that the Party, State, and localities will continue to pay attention to the repair and upgrade of places of worship, thus meeting the legitimate demand of the community.

Ngan hailed the provincial authorities for following the Party and State’s policies of creating conditions for religious establishments in line with the law, contributing to local socio-economic development.

On the occasion, she mentioned the Law on Belief and Religion that took effect in early 2018 which made it easier for religious followers, including Catholics, to contribute to national socio-economic development.

She wished that Catholic dignitaries and followers of Xuan Loc Diocese would continue to uphold their tradition of patriotism and a positive outlook.

Bishop of the Xuan Loc Diocese Dinh Duc Dao pledged to urge Catholic dignitaries and followers to uphold the power of great national unity and continue contributing to the nation.

The Xuan Loc Diocese is now home to more than 1 million Catholic followers in 272 parishes. This year, it donated billions of VND to support residents in flood-hit areas and launched the Hoa Binh Xuan Loc College with eight faculties offering training in 18 fields.–VNA