10 July 2017

New VFF President meets religious dignitaries in Ho Chi Minh City

NDO/VNA – New President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man met religious dignitaries in Ho Chi Minh City on July 10.

Meeting Paul Bui Van Doc, Archbishop of the Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam, Man hailed the Catholic community for joining in the construction of the great national unity and actively responding to campaigns on environmental protection, national traffic safety and social welfare programmes launched by the VFF.

He expressed his belief that the Archbishop, together with religious dignitaries and followers, would continue to join national patriotic emulation campaigns, contributing to national construction and development.

Doc, for his part, pledged to continue encouraging Catholic dignitaries and followers to abide by the State laws and contribute even further to the nation.

The same day, Man called on the Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, President of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) Executive Council.

The VFF leader lauded the Most Venerable and VBS for encouraging monks and nuns to follow the Party and State laws and policies, especially in patriotic emulation campaigns regarding pre-school education, social welfares, environmental protection and climate change response.

Nhon affirmed that the VBS, as a member of the VFF, will actively join social activities and abide by the State laws for the sake of peace and prosperity of the nation.

Man also visited Le Duc Thinh, an outstanding Catholic follower who was honoured at the ninth National Patriotic Emulation Congress in 2015.

Thinh was the first Asian to be bestowed with the title of Knight of the Grand Cross by the Vatican. The title was initiated by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831 for Catholics making significant contributions to church activities and charity in their countries.



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