Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh visited Phat Diem Diocese in the northern province of Ninh Binh on December 22 to extend greetings to the local Catholic dignitaries and followers during the Christmas season.
Talking to Bishop Joseph Nguyen Nang and other dignitaries, the Deputy PM informed them of the country's important socio-economic development achievements in 2018, with all 12 set targets fulfilled, and affirmed the contributions to the success made by the Catholic community.
The Government official reiterated that the State always respects and guarantees the right to freedom of religion and beliefs of all people, considering it a consistent policy to ensure the rights and legitimate interests of religious followers, thus strengthening the national great unity for national development.
The Deputy PM praised the Phat Diem diocese for organising a wide range of social and charitable activities and voiced his hope that the Bishop and other dignitaries would organise a warm and safe Christmas holiday, and continue encouraging the community to exert greater efforts to contribute more to the country.
Bishop Joseph Nguyen Nang shared the delight at the country's important achievements in renewal and national development, and the recognition of the contributions made by the Catholic community to the growth of the locality and the nation.
The Catholics in Phat Diem diocese will continue to do their utmost to contribute to social development, especially in issues related to education and health.
Translated by Nguyen Thuy