Baha’i community gets religious recognition
HCM CITY — Cong Dong Ton
Giao Baha’i Viet Nam (Baha’i Community of Viet Nam) held a ceremony on
Tuesday to celebrate the awarding of its certificate of operation from the
Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs last month.
The objectives and
orientation of the Baha’i religion, which was founded in late 1844 in Iran,
were in line with Viet Nam’s laws, the committee said.
Baha’i followers have
been present in Viet Nam since 1954, and have made significant contributions to
the country, particularly in areas of education, health care, trade and
The Baha’i community now
has six places of worship and more than 6,880 followers in five provinces in the
central and southern regions.
"The State policy on
religion respects and ensures freedom of belief and religion for all Vietnamese
citizens as stipulated in the country’s first constitution in 1946 and in
revised versions," Ngo Yen Thi, head of the Committee for Religious
Deputy committee head,
Nguyen The Doanh, said the committee had recently granted operation registration
certificates to three new religions and a religious sect in addition to six
communities’ receiving certificates include Tu An Hieu Nghia (Four Debts of
Gratitude) in the southern An Giang Province, and Tinh Do Cu Si Phat Hoi Viet
Nam (The Pure Land Buddhist Home-Practice Association) in 23 provinces from
central to southern Viet Nam.
Also, the Hoi Truyen Co
Doc Giao Viet Nam (The Viet Nam Christian Religion Missionary Alliance)
religious sect, whose followers are present in 14 central and central highlands
provinces and cities, received certification.
"Other religions will
also receive detailed guidelines from authorised agencies to apply for operation
certifications," he said.
Viet Nam has six religions
recognised by the State, including Buddhism with about 10 million followers,
Catholicism with 5.7 million, Protestantism with 1 million, Cao Dai with 2.3
million, Hoa Hao Buddhism with 1.3 million, and Islam with 65,000.
They have a total of
22,000 places of worship and 16 religious organisations. — VNS