HCM CITY — The Committee for Solidarity of Vietnamese Catholics (CSVC) held its third plenary meeting yesterday in HCM City to review its performance between 2008 and 2011 and to pass an action plan for 2012 and following years.
The conference, chaired by CSVC President Bishop Nguyen Cong Danh, was attended by representatives of the Central Committee of Viet Nam Fatherland Front, the Central Public Relations Committee, the Government Religious Committee, and the Government's Committee for Religious Affairs.
At the event, Priest Phan Khac Tu, VCCS vice president, spoke of achievements in national construction and defence that the Vietnamese Catholic community made over the last three years between 2008 and 2011 in relation to the patriotic emulation movement.
Vietnamese Catholics made significant contributions to many fields, from economic development, hunger eradication and poverty reduction, and to charitable and humanitarian works, Tu said.
He said that Catholics'contributions, particularly in humanitarian activities and social charity areas, deserved to be praised and recognised by the entire society.
The CSVC and Catholic solidarity committees in provinces and cities nationwide have made progress in consolidating their chapters, improving their effectiveness.
The committees also worked with fatherland front committees at all levels to encourage Catholics in localities to live in a way that is "good for life and good for religion."
Tu also said that in 2012 and following years, the objectives of the Vietnamese Catholic community's patriotism movement and operations of various-levelled Catholic solidarity committees would be to continue to focus on bringing into full play the national unity tradition and to closely work with national revolutionary movements for the cause of national construction and defence.
This would help achieve the goal of a wealthy people, a strong country, and an equitable, democratic, and civilised society.
All Catholics should continue to build a Vietnamese religious society that follows the spirit of Pope Benedict XVI's saying, "a good Catholic is also a good citizen."
The CSVC was established in March 1955 under the name the Liaison Committee for Patriotic and Peace-Loving Catholics.
The CSVC has chapters in 37 cities and provinces nationwide. They have initiated many activities that have been warmly received by Catholic followers. —VNS