|Trà Cổ Church in Móng Cái City. — Photo: Vietnam Pictorial|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NINH — Authorities of the northern province of Quảng Ninh on Monday denied rumours that the local administration in Móng Cái City had demolished Trà Cổ Church.
Ngô Hoàng Ngân, secretary of Móng Cái City’s Party Committee, said that church authorities themselves broke down the structure on March 9.
Relations between the local administration and religious organisations in the locality are good and authorities ensure that the environment is conducive for the activities of religious organisations, Ngân added.
Priest Ngô Văn Vàng, head of Trà Cổ parish, on Monday clarified that the church had been demolished as it was old and dilapidated, and that a new one would be built in its place.
Officials were forced to issue statements after distorted information was published on a number of social networking sites, especially Facebook, showing the demolition of Trà Cổ Church and statements that local authorities had broken down the church. — VNS