Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, the non-resident representative of the Holy See to Vietnam, met and talked with more than 3,000 priests and parishioners, who represent more than 36,000 Catholics in the Mekong Delta province of Long An, during his visit to Tan An Church, in Tan An city in the morning of July 10.

Archbishop Girelli said he was delighted to be able to visit Long An, which, he said, is one of the provinces in the region to have large numbers of industrial zones and clusters.

The local community there needs to make more effort to ensure economic development and a more beautiful life, said the archbishop .

He advised people to place their trust in God, be compassionate and love others to ensure a peaceful and happy world.

Also on the occasion, Archbishop Girelli visited the My Tho Diocese in Tien Giang province and will visit the Dong Thap Diocese and a number of other dioceses in Vietnam.-VNA