At the meeting (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The seventh national Congress of Vietnamese Catholics building and protecting the homeland for the 2018-2023 tenure is planned to take place in Hanoi on October 17-18.

Preparations for the event were discussed at a meeting between the Standing Board of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and the Standing Board of the Committee for Solidarity of Vietnamese Catholics in Hanoi on April 5.

Catholics in 21 cities and provinces have organized their congresses while those in nine other provinces had conferences to review their five-year activities and 12 others will hold their congresses, as preparatory steps for their seventh national congress.

Priest Tran Xuan Manh, Acting Chairman and Secretary General of the Committee for Solidarity of Vietnamese Catholics affirmed that the Committee is working hard to prepare for the event.

President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man asked the front units to provide maximal assistance for the Committee for Solidarity of Vietnamese Catholics to ensure the congress will be successful.

He said he believes that via the congress, the social role and prestige of the Committee will be heightened to bridge the State and the Church and enhance the Church’s companion with the nation.-VNA