Vietnam’s consistent policies on religion and belief have created favorable conditions for religions to co-exist peacefully within the Vietnamese community.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the remarks at a meeting with dignitaries in HCM City on December 19.
The government leader told the 55 senior dignitaries present from religious organizations that religious communities have rendered great services to the nation.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and delegates at the meeting.
"Religious dignitaries have actively encouraged followers to obey the law and policies. It is essential to encourage followers to engage in humanitarian programs, helping reduce poverty and prevent social evils”, he said.
PM Phuc also requested ministries, sectors and localities to continue focus on improving the spiritual and material conditions for people, especially religious followers, while promoting cultural and moral values of beliefs and religions in the society, thus enriching the country’s culture.
According to the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, Vietnam has recognized and granted licenses to 39 religious organisations which groups over 24 million followers, or 27% of the country’s population, nearly 53,000 dignitaries, and 28,000 worshiping facilities.
The religious organisations have greatly contributed to promoting cultural and humanity values that have positive influence to the society. They have acted as important channels for realizing Party and State’s policies and law.VOV