Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính joined on December 10 the National Assembly (NA) deputies of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho in a meeting with over 200 voters including religious dignitaries of Buddhism, Catholicism, Caodaism and Hoa Hao Buddhism in the city’s Vinh Thanh district, after the 6th session of the 15th National Assembly.
The meeting saw the presence of Vice Chairman of the Government Office Nguyễn Sỹ Hiệp, Deputy Minister of the Home Affairs Ministry Vũ Chiến Thắng, and Vice Chairman of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Nguyễn Tiến Trọng.
During the meeting, the National Assembly Deputies Group of Can Tho reviewed results of the 6thsession of the 15thNational Assembly, including the acceptance of seven laws, giving first opinions on eight laws, modification of two law projects.
At the meeting, Chairman of the Committee for solidarity of Catholics in Vinh Thanh district Trần Thanh Dũng informed that Catholics in the district currently account for nearly 40 percent of the district’s population. He also expressed hope that the Prime Minister and local authorities would continue issuing practical and effective policies for the Catholic community to improve their spiritual and material life.
Regarding religion, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính shared with voters about human rights and freedom of belief and religion. He affirmed that followers of all religions have strived for a better secular and religious life, upheld patriotism and promoted fine traditions of religions for the cause of building and defending the Homeland.
According to the Prime Minister, the upgrade of the relationship and the adoption of the Status of the Resident Papal Representative in Vietnam on July, 2023 reflected efforts, goodwill, and mutual respect between Vietnam and the Vatican, and carried out following an appropriate roadmap and in conformity with Vietnamese law during the visit to the Vatican by Vietnamese President Võ Văn Thưởng. The Vietnamese State invited Pope Francis to Vietnam in 2024 and stands ready welcome him to Vietnam in 2024, he added.
The government leader also highlighted the positive contributions of the Vietnam Catholic Church to the Vietnam – Vatican relation.
On the occasion, while extending warm greetings of Christmas and New Year 2024 to voters and Catholics in Vinh Thanh district, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính expressed hope that Catholic priests and parishioners in the locality would continue making practical contributions for promoting sustainable development of the country and strengthening the relation between Vietnam and the Holy See.