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Lang Son – Cao Bang diocese celebrates its centenary

On November 21, 2013, at the cathedral of Lang Son-Cao Bang diocese, a grand ceremony was held to mark the 100th founding anniversary of the diocese. 

Bishop Nguyễn Thái Hợp visits Government Committee for Religious Affairs

On November 26, 2013 at the headquarters of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, Mr. Phạm Dũng, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs cum Chairman of the Committee, received Bishop Nguyễn Thái Hợp of Vinh diocese. Attending the reception were also Mr. Dương Ngọc Tấn, Vice Chairman of the Committee; Mr. Nguyễn Hữu Nhường, Chief of the Committee Office; and officials from the Department of Catholic Affairs.

Promoting traditional friendship between Cambodian Ministry of Cults and Religion and Vietnamese Government Committee for Religious Affairs

At the invitation of the Cambodian Ministry of Cults and Religion, a delegation from the Vietnamese Government Committee for Religious Affairs led by Mr Pham Dzung, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs cum Chairman of the Committee, paid a working visit to Cambodia from November 10-15, 2013.

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs cum Chairman of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs attends General Conference of the Ante-Creation Church and ceremony to mark 89th founding anniversary of Caodaism

On November 16, 2013, Mr. Phạm Dũng, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs cum Chairman of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs attended the General Conference of the Ante-Creation Church and a grand ceremony called Ha Nguyen on the 15th day of the tenth lunar month to mark the 89th founding anniversary of Caodaism in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre. 

Creating closer relationship between authorities and religious followers

Visiting Bui Chu diocese in the northern province of Nam Dinh on November 10, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan learned about the life of parishioners and activities of the provincial Committee for Solidarity of Catholics and what he learned from his visit served as grounds for his assessments on the leadership and direction of the local Party committees on religious affairs in general.

Government Committee for Religious Affairs leader receives US Fund for Reconciliation and Development delegation

On November 14, 2013, at the headquarters of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, Mr. Nguyễn Thanh Xuân, Standing Vice Chairman of the Committee received the delegation from the US Fund for Reconciliation and Development (FRD) including Mr. John Francis McAuliff, FRD Executive Director, and Dr. Rafael Heznandez, Editor-in-Chief of the Cuban Artists Association’s Temas magazine. Attending the event were also leaders and officials from the Committee’s Departments of International Cooperation and Protestant Affairs

Kha Canh chapter celebrates 80th founding anniversary and appoints new administrator

On October 24, 2013, the Kha Canh chapter (Church) of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (Northern) in Hong Tien commune, Kien Xuong district, the northern province of Thai Binh held a ceremony to mark the 80th founding anniversary and appoint its new administrator.

Government Committee for Religious Affairs receives dignitaries from Hung Hoa Diocese

On November 12, 2013, a delegation of dignitaries from Hung Hoa Diocese headed by bishop Vũ Tất visited the Government Committee for Religious Affairs. Welcoming the delegation were Mr. Dương Ngọc Tấn, Vice Chairman of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, Mr. Nguyễn Hữu Nhường, head of the Committee Office, and officials from the Department of Catholic Affairs.

Conference collects ideas on draft Ordinance on amendments and supplements to some articles of the Ordinance on Belief and Religion

On October 31, 2013, the Government Committee for Religious Affairs held a conference to gather comments on the draft Ordinance on amendments and supplements to some articles of the Ordinance on Belief and Religion.

Gia Lai province: Plei Klan Protestant Group holds 1st congress

To continue the implementation of the Ordinance on Belief and Religion and the Government’s Decree 92/2012/ND-CP detailing and providing measures to implement the Ordinance on Belief and Religion, with the approval of People’s Committee of Gia Lai province, on October 25, 2013, the Protestant group of Plei Klan under the General Confederation of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (Southern) held its first Congress at Ia Bang commune, Chu Prong district, Gia Lai province.

Binh Thuan: Work starts on Vo Xu church

On October 10, 2013, a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Vo Xu church under the General Confederation of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (Southern) was held at Ward 8, Vo Xu town, Duc Linh district, the central province of Binh Thuan.

Bac Lieu: Work starts on Hoa Binh church

On October 24, 2013, the Hoa Binh chapter of the General Confederation of Evangelical Church of Vietnam (Southern) held a ground–breaking ceremony for the construction of its church on an area of 3,295 sq.m in Hoa Binh town, Hoa Binh district, the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu.

My Tho Diocese’s Caritas donates wheelchairs

On October 23, 2013, Rev. Paul Trần Chí Thanh, head of the Caritas of the My Tho chapter (the Caritas of the My Tho Diocese) presented 15 wheelchairs to old and disabled people (irrespective of religion) with special difficulties in Go Cong Dong and Tan Phu Dong districts and My Tho city, the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.

Binh Thuan province: Pastor ordination service

On October 24, 2013, at the Evangelical Church 1 of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (the South) in the central province of Binh Thuan held a pastor ordination service for eight licensed ministers. They include:

Cao Dai followers celebrate grand ritual

On September 19 (the fifteenth day of the eighth month, Lunar calendar), more than 200,000 Cao Dai followers and people in southern provinces flocked to the Tay Ninh Holy See in Hoa Thanh district, Tay Ninh province for a grand ritual called “Hoi Yen Dieu Tri Cung”.

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