Chairman of the provincial People Committee of Thanh Hoa Đỗ Minh Tuấn hosted on May 15 a reception for visiting Archbishop Marek Zalewski, Pontifical Representative for Vietnam.
Chairman of Thanh Hoa provincial People’s Committee Đỗ Minh Tuấn meets Archbishop Marek Zalewski, Pontifical Representative for Vietnam
Joining the event included Bishop Joseph Nguyễn Đức Cường, Chairman of the Chairman of Justice and Peace Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam cum Presiding Bishop of Thanh Hoa Diocese.
At the reception, while welcoming Archbishop Marek Zalewski to visit Thanh Hoa province and meet with the provincial government, Chairman Đỗ Minh Tuấn informed the guests about current socio-economic development in the province.
At the reception
He also highlighted practical contributions made Catholic people in Thanh Hoa in shared development in the locality, as well as close collaboration between local authorities and the Catholic diocese and parishes in charities and social programs promoting sustainable development in the locality.
The official also shared about efforts of local authorities in assisting Catholic people having been living in rivers to move and reside on allocated land in order to improve their life.
Regarding religious affairs, Chairman Đỗ Minh Tuấn informed that the provincial government always accompanies with Thanh Hoa Diocese by supportively considering the diocese’s proposals and requests in order to meet practical and legitimate needs relating local Catholic practices.
In speaking with the host, while appreciating the warm reception and valuable exchanges by the Thanh Hoa provincial leader, Archbishop Marek Zalewski stressed that the Holy See has had a relation of cooperation with Vietnam in general, and Thanh Hoa in particular, for many years. Such relationship is not simply about cooperation, but friendship, the Vatican prelate stated. He also expressed hope that the provincial government of Thanh Hoa would continue to create favorable conditions for local parishioners to fulfill duties of worshipping God and serving the country, thus contributing more to socio-economic development in the province.
Local officials and Catholic dignitaries pose for group photo