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Baptists asked to follow the nation

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2008 at 12:09 pm

HA nOi — Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem said he expected the Viet Nam Baptist Church (southern) to unite its dignitaries and followers in the nation’s common cause following its recent recognition by the Government as a religious organisation.

Receiving dignitaries from the Viet Nam Baptist Church (southern) in Ha Noi yesterday after the church received a certificate recognising its legal status, Deputy PM Khiem said Viet Nam placed great value on the right to religious freedom and provided conditions for religions to operate in line with the law.

Chairman of the Executive Board of the Viet Nam Baptist Church (southern), Pastor Nguyen Thong, thanked the State and relevant agencies for their care for the operation of the church, confirming that he would encourage Baptists across Viet Nam to do good for both their religion and nation.

The Viet Nam Baptist Church was established as a branch of the An Dien-Nam Phuong (Grace-southern) Baptist Church in 1989. It has more than 18,000 followers across 42 cities and provinces.

This is the third Protestant church to have been recognised as a religious organisation in Viet Nam since the Ordinance on Belief and Religion took effect in 2004. —

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