|Vietnam||MAYOR WELCOMES CATHOLIC CHURCH SOCIAL APOSTOLATES|
The Mayor of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has welcomed what he called a "rare" social initiative proposed by the local Church to stop an alarming decline in the institution of the family.
"In the past it was especially rare that religious congregations came to knock at our door to request permission to engage in voluntary social services," Mayor Vo Viet Thanh told Archbishop Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City and his seven-member delegation during a meeting last month.
"Now that you have knocked at our door, you are most welcome. It would be a loss to our society if we do not facilitate your initiatives," he stressed.
The meeting's objective was to let religious congregations "present their concerns, needs and willingness to make more substantial contributions to the social welfare and development of the country," Archbishop Man told the city government officials.
The Church delegation proposed setting up marriage and family counseling centers at diocesan and parish levels with necessary communication facilities, a delegation member who preferred anonymity told UCA News.
|12:18pm 24/5/99 / UCA News|