Ha Thi Khiet, Party Secretary, extended season’s greetings to dignitaries of the Hue Archdiocese and Catholic followers in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on December 10 in the run up to Christmas.

Meeting with Catholic dignitaries in Hue city, Khiet, who is also head of the Party Central Committee’s Mass Mobilisation Commission, wished local priests, clergymen, and followers a peaceful and merry Christmas.

She hailed contributions by local Catholic priests and followers to the building of new-style rural areas in their residential areas and the prevention of crime in their dioceses.

The official reiterated the Party and State’s consistent policy of respecting people’s faith and religious freedom and facilitating religious followers’ participation in social activities.

She expressed her belief that they will uphold patriotism and follow the teachings “Living the Gospel amidst the nation” and practically contribute to promoting the national great solidarity.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Le Van Hong committed to continuing to encourage Catholic dignitaries and followers to observe the Party’s guidelines and the State’s policies and laws as well as leading a good secular and religious life.

Covering Thua Thien-Hue and neighbouring Quang Tri province, the Hue Archdiocese has around 69,000 Catholic followers.-VNA