The event taking place in Xa Doan Church located in Nghe An province’s Nghi Loc district saw the participation of Archbishop Marek Zalewski, Holy See’s Non-residential Envoy to Vietnam, 32 bishops, 460 priests from two dioceses of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, and over ten thousands of Catholic followers.
During the ceremony, Archbishop Marek Zalewski presented the Vatican’s appointment decision to Bishop Alfonso Nguyễn Hữu Long. The new Bishop expressed his desire for strengthening exchanges and dialogues with local authorities for smoothly solving any differences as well as promoting mutual respect, understanding and unity, so as local Catholics can contribute more to socio-economic development in the locality
Large numbers of priests and followers attend the ceremony
Pope Francis on December 22 announced the establishment of Ha Tinh diocese from part of Vinh diocese and the appointment of Bishop Paul Nguyễn Thái Hợp and Bishop Alfonso Nguyễn Hữu Long as top dignitaries Ha Tinh and Vinh dioceses respectively.