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Indonesian religious unity an inspiration to world: Obama

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 3:51 am

US Airways jet lands when religious item mistaken as bomb

In World on January 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

A US Airways passenger plane was diverted to Philadelphia on Thursday after a religious item worn by a Jewish passenger was mistaken as a bomb, Philadelphia police said.

A passenger was alarmed by the phylacteries, religious items which observant Jews strap around their arms and heads as part of morning prayers, on the flight from New York’s La Guardia airport heading to Louisville.

“Someone on the plane construed it as some kind of device,” said officer Christine O’Brien, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia police department.

No one was arrested or charged, O’Brien said.

The plane landed without incident and the passengers and crew were taken off the plane, a spokesman for US Airways said.

A plane is escorted by a law enforcement vehicle to a terminal at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

Phylacteries, called tefillin in Hebrew, are two small black boxes with black straps attached to them. Observant Jewish men are required to place one box on their head and tie the other one on their arm each weekday morning.

Thursday’s incident was the latest of several false alarms on U.S. flights since the December 25 incident in which a Nigerian man attempted to detonate a bomb in his underpants from materials he smuggled onto the plane just as his flight was about to land in Detroit, authorities said.

The device did not explode and only burned the man, who was pounced on by fellow passengers.

Since then several flights have been diverted by security scares that have turned out to be harmless.

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Vietnam respects religious freedom: priest

In Vietnam Society on January 15, 2010 at 9:15 am

The country’s religious freedom policy has increasingly expanded and given Catholic followers the opportunity to contribute more to the country, priest Phan Khac Tu, deputy chairman and general secretary of the Vietnam Committee for Catholic Solidarity, said in an interview with Sai Gon Giai Phong.

Notre Dame Cathedral in HCM City. Father Phan Khac Tu, deputy chairman and general secretary of the Vietnam Committee for Catholic Solidarity, said religious freedom in Vietnam has increasingly expanded. (Photo: saigon24h)

On the sidelines of a Committee conference in Hanoi on January 13, Father Tu said religious practices in Vietnam have increasingly enjoyed respect and Catholics have been given convenient conditions to conduct their religious activities.

“The event that most impressed us was the visit to the Vatican by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in 2007, where he and Pope Benedict XVI discussed the establishment of full diplomatic relation between Vietnam and the Vatican,” Father Tu said.

“In late 2009, President Nguyen Minh Triet and the Pope also met at the Vatican, where the President said he agreed with the Pope’s instruction to Vietnamese Archbishops that ‘a Catholic must be both a good parishioner and a good citizen’. The Pope also encouraged all Catholics to devote themselves to their compatriots and nations,” he said.

“I believe that when the Pope said this, he realized that the right to religious freedom is respected in Vietnam,” he added.

Regarding the opinion that some outside political forces have acted against Vietnam by taking unfair advantage of religion to sabotage national unity, Father Tu said the Government and social organizations should make the public aware of the Party and State’s religious policies.

Anyone found committing wrongdoings in the name of religion must be strictly punished, he said.

When asked about the Committee’s activities in 2010, Father Tu said it would celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam Bishop Council and the 30th anniversary of the Common Letter issued by the Council in 1980.

The Common Letter was an important landmark in Catholics’ connection to the nation, Father Tu added.

The Committee would also organize a seminar and a national conference on the Common Letter to promote that connection and honor Catholics for making outstanding contributions to society, he said.

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Authorities visit religious dignitaries for Christmas

In Vietnam Society on December 23, 2009 at 11:31 am

The Government Committee for Religious Affairs said it would continue facilitating religious practices of Protestant organizations in Vietnam. Committee members made the statement during a Christmas celebration with representatives of eight Protestant sects in Ho Chi Minh City on December 22.

Speaking at the event, deputy head of the Committee Nguyen Thanh Xuan said: “Since the Ordinance on Belief and Religion took effect five years ago, 10 Protestant organizations have been certified to operate in Vietnam. Authorities at all levels have assisted them in operating in accordance with the law.”

A HCM City delegation visits the Archbishop’s Office on December 22 to celebrate the Christmas season. (Photo: VNA)

The Protestant representatives thanked the Government for its support of their religious activities.

In addition to efforts aimed at building and developing Protestant communities, Protestant followers have actively taken part in patriotic movements and social and charitable activities contributing to the country’s development, they said.

The Committee later visited the Southern General Confederation of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam and the Archbishop’s Office in the city.

The same day, a city delegation including the Party Committee, People’s Committee, People’s Council, and Fatherland Front Committee also visited the Archbishop’s Office.

The delegation, led by Standing Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee, Nguyen Van Dua, was received by Catholic Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man, the Archbishop of HCM City.

Cardinal Man briefed guests on the recent visit by President Nguyen Minh Triet to the Vatican, where he met Pope Benedict XVI.

The Pope and other senior Vatican dignitaries highly valued the Vietnamese Government’s religious freedom policy that has created favorable conditions for the development of religions, including Catholicism, in the country, said Cardinal Man.

The Vatican reiterated its view that it is necessary to adopt a “neighborly” relationship in settling  differences of opinions, if any, between religions as well as between religions and the government in a country, the Archbishop said.

This view is on par with that of the Vietnamese Government, which attaches importance to religious activities, considering them a force that helps boost the country’s development, he added.

Mr. Dua informed Cardinal Man about the city’s social and economic achievements this year. He said the lives of city people, including Catholics, have improved remarkably, and that religious tolerance has increasingly strengthened.

City-based religious people, whatever their religion, have the common goal of building a happy life in their community, he added. 

On behalf of city authorities, Mr. Dua sent his regards to all Catholic dignitaries and followers, wishing them a joyful and happy Christmas season.

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Baptist church recognised as religious organisation

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The Government Committee for Religious Affairs presented the Baptist Churches in Vietnam (Southern) with a certificate recognising its legal status as a religious organisation on October 13 .

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

The committee’s Director Nguyen The Doanh said the Baptist church is expected to coordinate with other churches and people of all walks of life across the nation in order to contribute more towards national construction and development.

Pastor Nguyen Thong said it was a great joy for his church to be recognised and pledged on behalf of all Protestant followers to do good for both his religion and his nation.

On the same day, a church delegation visited the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee.

The Baptist Churches in Vietnam has more than 18,000 followers and 500 dignitaries, including over 5,000 from ethnic minorities, practising in 409 congregations across 42 cities and provinces throughout the country.-

Religious followers active in humanitarian activities

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – Religious people in central Thua Thien-Hue province have always preserved and promoted the tradition of solidarity, doing good things for both the religion and the nation, local officials said.

Catholics at the Phu Cam parish, for instance, have been known throughout the province for their frequent humanitarian activities, which have benefited more than 500 poor students and tens of homeless old people.

Many Buddhists have worked voluntarily at the Lien Hoa establishment – a traditional medicinal clinic – to provide medical examination and treatment for 200 patients a day. The Lien Hoa establishment has now become a popular clinic among disadvantaged local people.

Buddhist nuns at the Duc Son pagoda have been reputed for their efforts to bring up more than 200 orphans over the past 20 years. Their performance has been recognised and praised by former State President Tran Duc Luong.

Thua Thien-Hue is home to 60,000 religious followers, with 55,000 of them being Buddhists and the remaining being Catholics, Protestants and Caodai followers.

The religious followers are practicing their religions at over 100 places of worship, including popular ones such as An Truyen and An Bang in Hue city, Nhat Tay in Phong Dien district, Phu Xuyen in Phu Loc district, An Bang in Phu Vang district and Trong Duc in Quang Dien district.-

Religious dignitaries share experiences in fighting crime

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:42 pm

More than 150 religious dignitaries in the northern localities gathered at a conference in Hanoi on August 7 to share their experiences in fighting crime, social evils and HIV/AIDS.

The religious followers’ activities in their localities were a response to the campaign “all people are united to build a cultural life in their residential quarters” launched by the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC).

Talking about his experiences, Superior Bonze Thich Thanh Huan from the Phap Van Pagoda in Hanoi called for HIV carriers’ participation in the fight against the epidemic, saying this is a major factor in the success of the HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities.

Catholic priest Luong Duc Thieu from the Phong Loc Parish in Nam Dinh province called for the community’s sympathy for families with children involved in social evils. He also said it is necessary to facilitate their re-integration into the community.

The VFF CC praised religious followers for their active participation, saying that many religious followers-inhabited areas have become bright spots in fighting crimes, drugs and other social evils.-