Party leader of Ninh Binh receives Archbishop Joseph Nguyễn Năng, Bishop Peter Kiều Công Tùng
The Secretary of the provincial Party Committee of Ninh Binh Đoàn Minh Huấn hosted on May 12 a reception for visiting Archbishop Joseph Nguyễn Năng, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam, and Bishop Peter Kiều Công Tùng, the newly appointed Bishop of Phat Diem Diocese.
At the reception
Joining the event included Chairman of the provincial People’s Council Mai Văn Tuất and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Phạm Quang Ngọc.
At the visiting reception, Archbishop Joseph Nguyễn Năng informed the hosts the appointment of Priest Peter Kiều Công Tùng as Bishop of Phat Diem by Pope Francis on March 25.
He also thanked the provincial authorities of Ninh Binh for supporting him as Bishop of Phat Diem in the last 13 years, and expressed hope that the provincial government would continue creating favorable conditions for Bishop Peter Kiều Công Tùng to complete his new mission in Phat Diem Diocese.
Bishop Peter Kiều Công Tùng spoke highly of the fine relationship between the diocese and the provincial authorities of Ninh Binh, and highly appreciated the facilitation by the provincial government for Catholic practices in the locality. The newly appointed bishop of Phat Diem also expressed hope for receiving further attention and support from concerning competent authorities in order for him to fulfill his tasks assigned by the Catholic Church, contributing to shared development in the province.
Speaking with the guests, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Đoàn Minh Huấn thanked Archbishop Joseph Nguyễn Năng for his close company with Ninh Binh provincial government in the last 14 years.
The official updated on socio-economic development in Ninh Binh, and highlighted practical contributions made religions in the province, including those of Catholic dignitaries and lay followers of Phat Diem under the leadership of Archbishop Joseph Nguyễn Năng when he served as the diocese bishop.
The leader of the provincial Party Committee also congratulated Bishop Peter Kiều Công Tùng on his appointment as Head of Phat Diem Diocese and expressed his belief that the newly appointed bishop would continue upholding fine traditions and encourage local parishioners to observe state policies and laws, practically contributing to sustainable development in Ninh Binh province.
Local officials and Catholic dignitaries pose for group photo