Christmas wishes to Kon Tum, Can Tho followers

Saturday, 2017-12-23 17:19:29
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Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh (L) presents Christmas bouquet to the Kon Tum Bishopric. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh paid a courtesy visit to several Catholic establishments in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on December 23, to express his wishes for a merry Christmas season to the local followers.

He visited and presented gifts to the Kon Tum Diocese, the ethnic Sisters of the Miraculous Medal group, the Vietnam Christian Mission and the family of A Hot in Plei Chum Dak Choah hamlet, Ngo May ward, Kon Tum city.

The official wished the Catholic and Protestant priests and followers a warm and merry Christmas, and hoped that the Bishop and dignitaries would contribute further to national development.

He asked the provincial authorities to continue creating favourable conditions for religious activities.

Deputy PM Binh wished that together with the local authorities and the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Bishop and dignitaries would provide care for the poor and ethnic minorities, especially those living in need, as well as offer education to younger generations in the Central Highlands and Kon Tum in particular.

The same day, Binh paid a pre-Christmas visit to Thang Thien Parish in Pleiku city, Gia Lai province and several Protestant policy families in the locality. He also visited and encouraged officials and soldiers at the 3rd Corp of Military Region 5.

Also on December 23, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man paid a pre-Christmas visit to Can Tho Diocese in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

Speaking at the event, Man wished the local priests and Catholic followers a warm and merry Christmas season.

He lauded Catholics nationwide and those in Can Tho city in particular for joining the VFF’s movements, such as new-style rural development, sustainable poverty reduction and Vietnamese people prioritising Vietnamese goods. They also joined social charity activities and vocational training, and offered support to disaster-hit residents. In particular, 41 religions nationwide signed an agreement on environment protection and climate change response.

Man expressed his hope that Bishop Tri Buu Thien and priests of Can Tho Diocese would continue urging Catholics to abide by Party policies and guidelines and State laws, while contributing to national development.

Thien, for his part, expressed his belief that the local authorities always pay great attention to the Catholic community, and that Can Tho and the whole country would prosper further in the near future.