On behalf of the Party, State, and VFF, Mẫn conveyed his best wishes to Catholic dignitaries on the occasion, and hailed the significant contributions made by the diocese and its followers towards national achievements in economy, culture, society, security, defence, and foreign affairs.
He quoted Pope Francis’ teaching that a Vietnamese Catholic must be a good citizen and patriot who sides with the nation to build a country of prosperity and happiness.
Mẫn expressed his hope that the diocese and its Bishop Joseph Nguyễn Tấn Tước will continue supporting patriotic emulation movements and engaging in environmental protection activities, thus contributing to the nation’s development and solidarity.
On the occasion, Mẫn visited and extended Christmas wishes to Vice Chairman and Secretary of the Committee for Solidarity of Vietnamese Catholics Priest John Baptist Nguyễn Văn Riễn.
Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyễn Thiện Nhân wishes the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City a merry Christmas.(Photo: VNA)
The same day, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyễn Thiện Nhân visited and wished the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City a merry Christmas.
Nhân thanked the archdiocese for their involvement in local development programmes and charitable activities. He wished that they will further their efforts to carry out socio-economic development schemes, helping to improve the livelihoods of local people.
Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Đỗ Mạnh Hùng, for his part, thanked the city’s leaders for creating favourable conditions for Catholic followers, saying that he is proud of the city’s robust achievements across the fields of economy, foreign investment attraction, and tourism.