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Phuoc Hau Church inaugurates a new church for worshipping and preaching the gospel in Bình Định province

On February 20, 2014, the Phuoc Hau Church (Evangelical Church of Vietnam (Southern)) held a ceremony to inaugurate a new church for worshipping and preaching the gospel. Participants at the ceremony were representatives from local authorities of Binh Dinh province, Quy Nhon city; Pastor Phan Vĩnh Cự, Chairman of Evangelical Church of Vietnam (Southern), pastors and Protestants in and outside of province.

Vietnamese in Czech Republic pray for peace and happiness on New Year

The Central Committee of the Vietnamese Buddhist Association in the Czech Republic organized a ceremony in Prague to celebrate the Festival of January 15th (lunar calendar). More than 600 overseas Vietnamese gathered here to remember their ancestors and origin, and pray for a new year of peace, happiness and prosperity.

Lam Dong inaugurates Hoa Phat parish’s church

On February 19, 2014, Hoa Phat chapter of Bao Loc parish (in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong held a ceremony to inaugurate its new church with the title “The Assumption of Mary”. Attending the ceremony were Bishop Antoine Vũ Huy Chương of Da Lat Diocese, Archbishop Pierre Nguyễn Văn Nhơn of Hanoi archdiocese as well as dignitaries, sub-dignitaries and believers.

Representative Board of the Cao Dai Ante-Creation Church in Tien Giang province reviews religious practice in the first quarter of 2014

On Feb 7th and 8th 2014 (the 8th and 9th days of the first lunar month), at Minh Duc oratory (the Representative Board’s Office), 230 Le Thi Hong Gam, Ward No. 6, My Tho city, the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, Prof. Ngọc Hưng Thanh (Nguyễn Tấn Hưng) - Head of the Representative Board of the Cao Dai Ante-Creation Church chaired a conference to summarize the Church’s religious practice in the first quarter of 2014. 

Government Committee for Religious Affairs leader welcomes European Union (EU) delegation

On February 19, 2014, at the headquarters of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, Mr. Nguyễn Thanh Xuân, Vice Chairman of the Committee, had a working session with Mr. Juan Jose Amalgro, a representative from the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Vietnam.

Government Committee for Religious Affairs representative receives delegation from the US Embassy in Hanoi

On February 19, 2014 at the headquarters of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, Mr. Dương Văn Khá, Chief of the Office of the Committee, had a working session with a delegation from the Embassy of United States in Hanoi led by Mrs. Jenifer Neidhart, Political Officer of the Embassy.

Vietnam Baptist Church (Southern) representatives pay Tet visit to Government Committee for Religious Affairs

On February 12, 2014, at the headquarters of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs (GCRA), Mr. Bùi Thanh Hà, Vice Chairman of the Committee, received a delegation from the Vietnam Baptist Church (Southern) led by Pastor Nguyễn Võ Khánh Giám its first Vice President. Attending the reception were also leaders and officials from the Committee’s Department of Protestant Affairs.

Government Committee for Religious Affairs leaders attends opening ceremony of the 2014 Yen Tu Spring Festival and learns about Buddhist activities at Yen Tu relic site

On Feb 9, 2014, Mr. Dương Ngọc Tấn - Vice Chairman of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs attended the opening ceremony of the 2014 Yen Tu Spring Festival at the Yen Tu relic site in Thuong Yen Cong commune, Uong Bi city, the northeastern province of Quang Ninh. He was accompanied by Mr. Lê Minh Khánh, Deputy Director of the Committee’s Department of Buddhist Affairs and other officials. The delegation also studied Buddhist activities at the site.

Islam: Fastest-Growing Religion in Britain

Hundreds of Britons are converting to Islam every month. Many youngsters in prison are becoming attracted to Islam by the prospect of getting better food and superior treatment.

Dong Duong Buddhist Monastery proposed to be special national relic

Quang Nam province’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has recently proposed recognizing the Dong Duong Buddhist Monastery in the province’s Thang Binh district, as a special national relic for better preservation.

Tourists flock to Lim festival

Thousand of people living in Lim village and from different regions across the country have flocked to Tien Du district in northern Bac Ninh province to attend the Lim festival which includes activities dedicated to Quan Ho (love duet singing), part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage.

President pays Tet visits to religious dignitaries

On January 30, 2014, President Trương Tấn Sang and leaders of Ho Chi Minh City paid Tet visits to religious dignitaries in the city.

UNESCO Director-General Condemns Destruction to the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, Egypt

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today expressed grave concern about the damage to Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art, following the reported explosion of a car near the Police Security Directorate, which is located at Port Said Street in Cairo, in front of the main entrance of the Museum.

Thai Princess visits Hue Nghiem pagoda

On January 14, 2014, the Princess of Thailand came to Hue Nghiem pagoda (District 2, Ho Chi Minh City) to visit Most Venerable Thích Trí Quảng, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Executive Council, Head of the Executive Board of the Sangha in Ho Chi Minh City, Abbot of Hue Nghiem pagoda.

Representatives of some religious organizations pay Tet visits to Government Committee for Religious Affairs

*Delegation from the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Central Committee 

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