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American Wheelchair Mission and Caritas Hue give wheelchairs to people with disabilities

On August 22, an American Wheelchair Mission Delegation in coordination with Caritas Hue organized a ceremony to hand over 50 wheelchairs to religious and non-religious people with disabilities coming from parishes in Hue diocese.

UNESCO delays consideration of Vietnam’s dossier for recognition of the Mother Goddess worship until 2016

According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the dossier “the belief of Mother Goddess of Three Realms worship by Vietnamese” will not be in the list for consideration and recognition as the intangible cultural heritage of humanity by the UNESCO in the year 2015 as scheduled. Instead, the time for its consideration will be in 2016.

Vietnamese costumes for Mother Goddess worship introduced in Europe

A Collection of costumes for Mother Goddess worship will be displayed in European countries, including Germany, France, Belgium, and Netherlands in September.

Vietnam Catholic Youth attends the 6th Asian Youth festival

Attending the 6th Asian Youth festival held in Daejeon diocese, South Korea, a Vietnam delegation consisting of 1 bishop, 3 priests, 3 clergies and 28 young Catholics arrived at Incheon airport on August 10th, 2014.

Hanoi city: Indian Buddhist delegation visits and attends cultural exchange meeting in Cót pagoda

On August 11th, Indian Buddhist delegation consisting of 12 members led by Venerable Minling Khen chen Gyur Me Gig Namgyal, President of Ngagyur Nyinggma Mindrolling at Dehradune,  Utta Khan Pradesh state visited and attended a cultural exchange meeting in Cót pagoda (No 188, Yen Hoa str, Cau Giay dist, Hanoi).

U.S. Mission to Vietnam Funds Preservation of Cam Giá Communal House in Vinh Phuc

Vinh Phuc – August 12, 2014 - In a ceremony at the Cam Giá Communal House today, U.S. Embassy’s Counselor for Public Affairs, Mr. Terry White, presented a grant for US$ 40,000 to officials of the Vinh Phuc Province People’s Committee to restore and preserve the Cam Giá Communal House in An Tường Commune, Vĩnh Tường District,Vinh Phuc Province. This grant was provided through the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.

Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli – non-resident special envoy of the Vatican to Vietnam visits Nha Trang diocese

On August from 7th to 10th, 2014, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli – non-resident special envoy of the Vatican to Vietnam visited Nha Trang diocese.

Kien Giang province: meeting monks and prestigious people in the ethnic Khmer community

On July 30, the Southwest Steering Committee in collaboration with Kien Giang province held a meeting with monks and prestigious people in the ethnic Khmer community in Chau Thanh district (Kien Giang province)

The United Nation’s reporter: Religious freedom in Vietnam improves

The United Nation (U.N) Special Rapporteur said that the conditions to practice religious freedom in Vietnam have improved in recent years.

Leader of Government Committee for Religious Affairs receives Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the UN

On July 30, 2014, at the headquarters of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs (GCRA), Mr. Bùi Thanh Hà received Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt - Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the UN.

Leader of Government Committee for Religious Affairs receives Vice Mayor of Villebon-sur-Yvette city – France, Chairman of Association Esonne Vietnam

On July 28, 2014, at the headquarters of Government Committee for Religious Affairs (GCRA), Mr. Phạm Dũng, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Chairman of the GCRA received Mr. Alain Guiader, Vice Mayor of Villebon-sur-Yvette city of France, Chairman of Association Esonne Vietnam, member of the Buddhist Association in Truc Lam pagoda. Joining the reception were representatives from departments of Buddhist Affairs and International Cooperation under the Committee.

Government Committee for Religious Affairs holds a conference on Halal exports to Muslim markets

On July 22, 2014, the Government Committee for Religious Affairs (GCRA) held a conference on Halal exports to Muslim markets

The Government Committee for Religious Affairs receives representatives from Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Vietnam

On May 28, 2014, at the headquarters of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs (GCRA), Mr. Dương Ngọc Tấn, Vice – Chairman of the GCRA had a working session with Mr. Habibollah Pour Motahar, Deputy Head of Mission – Counselor Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Attending the meeting were also leaders and officials of Department of Other Religions, Department of International Cooperation and Department of Organization and Personnel under the Committee.

Fish export to the UAE needs to follow Islamic law

The Department for Quality Assurance of Agro-Forestry and Fisheries (NAFIQAD) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development quotes the notification of Vietnam Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that the UAE authorities issued fish import regulations to the UAE must be certified as Hahal food (production, slaughter, process, label of seafood in accordance with the food safety of Codex and Shariah Law)

The Samaritan’s Purse International Relief provides 5000 gift boxes to the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (Southern) in Tien Giang province

On February 26 – 27 2014, Tien Giang Children’s Fund and the Samaritan’s Purse International Relief (SPIR) – an NGO distributed 4.356 gift boxes to disadvantage pupils in Dong Thanh elementary and high schools, Go Cong Tay district; Tan Thoi, Tan Phu School, Tan Phu Dong district, Tien Giang province. Representatives from the provincial Committee for Religious Affairs, agencies and the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (Southern), Ap Bac and My Tho chapters also attended the ceremony.

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