|Bùi Thanh Hà (right), permanent deputy chairman of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, hands over a certificate for a new Bible School to Pastor Trần Thanh Truyện at a ceremony held in HCM City on Monday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thế Anh |Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The Government Committee for Religious Affairs granted a certificate for a new Bible school under the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Việt Nam at a ceremony held in HCM City on Monday.
Speaking at the ceremony, Bùi Thanh Hà, deputy head of the Standing Board under the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, said the school would offer religious training courses for pastors, dignitaries and followers in an aim to uphold benevolence, humanitarianism, patriotism and observance of laws.
The establishment of the school shows the efforts of the church’s management board and State’s recognition to the church’s contributions to social security, he said.
He also lauded the church’s religious activities regarding environmental protection and protecting peace and the nation.
Pastor Trần Thanh Truyện, head of the church, thanked the Party, State and local authorities for creating favourable conditions for the church to develop and serve religious practices.
The church’s dignitaries and followers will continue to observe its motto of worshipping God, serving the Fatherland, observing laws and regulations on religious management, and participating in healthcare and social support activities, he said.
The school is the third Protestant denomination and the 50th religious training establishment in the country.
The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, a Protestant Christian denomination granted a licence in 2006, has expanded to 33 cities and provinces nationwide. — VNS