A Christmas fair at Cua Bac Church in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Secretary of the Party Central Committee and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man has sent his best wishes to all Christians in the country, ahead of the 2018 Christmas season and the 2019 New Year celebrations.

In his letter, the official said that over the past year, Christians nationwide have devoted themselves to serving Christ and the homeland. They have successfully carried out the Party’s guidelines and the State’s policies and law, while actively taking part in patriotic emulation movements and campaigns launched by the VFF.

In 2018, many communes and districts with large numbers of Catholics and Protestants have become new-style rural areas, while many Catholic families have made efforts to improve their living standards and communities. The material and spiritual lives of Catholics and Protestants have been bettered, he said.

The Vietnam Catholic Church and the Evangelical churches of Vietnam have actively encouraged their dignitaries and followers to engage in a number of practical activities, including protecting the environment, responding to climate change, ensuring food safety, and supporting natural disaster victims.

Man noted that Christians have greatly contributed towards the achievement of socio-economic targets, safeguarding security and defence, and enhancing the great national unity bloc.

He expressed his belief that all Vietnamese Christians will keep upholding the traditional patriotism and unity with people nationwide to continue implementing the VFF’s movements and campaigns for the sake of a prosperous society and a strong, democratic, equitable, and civilised nation.

In the letter, the VFF President wished all Christians a merry Christmas and a New Year full of health, success, and the Christ’s blessings. –VNA