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Greetings extended to Christians on Xmas nationwide

Hanoi, December 23 (VNA) - Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, Hoang Trung Hai visited Catholic dignitaries at the Hanoi Archbishop Office on December 23 on the occasion of Christmas.

He extended his greetings to Hanoi’s Archbishop, Phero Nguyen Van Nhon, Catholic dignitaries and followers in Hanoi.

Hai spoke highly of the Catholic community’s contributions to the city’s socio-economic development.

He expressed his hope that the Archbishop and all local parishioners will continue building on their achievements, thus contributing to the national great solidarity and the building of a prosperous and developed capital city.

Archbishop Phero Nguyen Van Nhon affirmed every diocese and follower have continuously made efforts to contribute to the city’s development and environment protection.

On the occasion, Hai visited and extended his greetings to Nguyen Thi Hang, 52, for her outstanding contribution to local social work.

On December 22 and 23, authorities of the south central Binh Thuan province also extended Christmas wishes to local Catholic and Protestant dignitaries and followers on the occasion of Christmas season 2016.

Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Huynh Thanh Canh underlined the religious unity in the province and the active contribution local parishioners have made to the local socio-economic development.

Local authorities at all levels have always taken care of the legitimate requests of local religious followers and promoted the unity between the religious and non-religious communities to build the national great solidarity.

Canh expressed his hope that local religious dignities will continue encouraging parishioners to join local socio-economic development programmes, including the new-style rural area building and poverty reduction.

On the occasion, delegations of authorities of the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu also visited local Catholic and Protestant dignities and extended Christmas wishes to them and parishioners.

Bac Lieu has over 21,000 Catholic followers, accounting for 2.4 percent of the province’s population.