|Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình extended his Christmas wishes to Catholic and Protestant dignitaries and followers in HCM City yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Phương Vy|
HCM CITY – Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình extended his Christmas wishes to Catholic and Protestant dignitaries and followers in HCM City yesterday.
The Deputy PM had separate meetings with Archbishop of HCM City Archdiocese Bùi Văn Đọc, Cardinal Phạm Minh Mẫn – former Archbishop, and Pastor Phan Vĩnh Cự, President of the General Confederation of Evangelical Churches of Vietnam (Southern).
Bình took the occasion to recognise the significant contributions of Catholics and Protestants to the country’s socio-economic-cultural development.
He said the Vietnamese Party and State always respects and works to ensure the right to freedom of belief and religion as well as create all favourable conditions for religious activities within the legal framework.
Archbishop Bùi Văn Đọc promised to continue encouraging parishioners to follow State laws and policies and actively participate in patriotic campaigns.
Meanwhile, Cardinal Phạm Minh Mẫn wished peace and prosperity for the country. Pastor Phan Vĩnh Cự pledged to encourage Protestant dignitaries and followers to join production activities, charity campaigns and poverty reduction efforts. — VNS