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Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) Tong Thi Phong hosted a reception for a visiting US delegation led by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on August 17 in Hanoi.
On July 23, a delegation from the United Methodist Church (UMC) led by pastor Hope Morgan-Ward visited the Government Committee for Religious Affairs (GCRA).
Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli– Non-resident Special Envoy of the Vatican to Vietnam paid a pastoral visit to Cai Lay parish of My Tho diocese on July 11.
On July 1, at the invitation of Consul General Rena Bitter, Cardinal Thượng Tám Thanh, President of the Tay Ninh Caodai Church’s Executive Council attended the 239th anniversary of Independence Day of the United States as well as the 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the US held at GEM Center in district 1, Ho Chi Minh city.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong had a meeting with US religious dignitaries on July 7 (local time), stating that Vietnamese people live in harmony without religious or ethnic conflict.
Vietnam and the Vatican need to continue holding regular meetings between their leaders and prepare necessary conditions for establishing diplomatic relations, said Politburo member and Vietnam Fatherland Front President (VFF) Nguyễn Thiện Nhân and the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
The Kazakhstan Embassy in Vietnam in collaboration with the Home Affairs Ministry and the National Academy of Public Administration held on June 24 a roundtable conference on ethnic and religious issues in the Kazakhstan Republic’s Constitution.
Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, non-resident Special Envoy of the Vatican to Vietnam paid a pastoral visit to Son La province from June 14 to 17.
On June 20, Bac Ninh Caritas in collaboration with Van Phai commune’s clinic in Pho Yen town conducted health-checks and free distribution of medicines for local people.
A delegation from the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) led by Most Venerable Thích Thiện Tánh started a relief program on June 18 for helping victims of the earthquake disaster in Nepal.
In response to an appeal from the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, Buddhist dignitaries and followers in Ho Chi Minh city donated USD70,000 for helping victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal.
A forum with the theme “for the harmonious development of children” was held at the headquarters of Enlighten Newspaper on June 6 in Ho Chi Minh city.
Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, – the non-resident special envoy of the Vatican to Vietnam met Kontum provincial leaders on Tuesday.
Chief of Office of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs (GCRA) Dương Văn Khá received First Secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation Vladimir Shustov on June 2.
A conference to promote the role of Vietnamese religions in coping with climate change was held in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue on May 25.