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CPC official calls for positive role of religion in development
Xinhua | January 24, 2013 09:47
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Yu Zhengsheng (1st L), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits High-level Tibetan Buddhism College of China in Beijing, capital of China, January 23, 2013. Yu visited national religious groups in Beijing from January 21 to 23. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
Yu Zhengsheng (1st L), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits High-level Tibetan Buddhism College of China in Beijing, capital of China, January 23, 2013. Yu visited national religious groups in Beijing from January 21 to 23. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
 
 
Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits Chinese Taoist Association in Beijing, capital of China, January 22, 2013. Yu visited national religious groups in Beijing from January 21 to 23.
Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits Chinese Taoist Association in Beijing, capital of China, January 22, 2013. Yu visited national religious groups in Beijing from January 21 to 23. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
 
 
Yu Zhengsheng (2nd R), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits China Islamic Association in Beijing, capital of China, January 22, 2013. Yu visited national religious groups in Beijing from January 21 to 23. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
Yu Zhengsheng (2nd R), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits China Islamic Association in Beijing, capital of China, January 22, 2013. Yu visited national religious groups in Beijing from January 21 to 23. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
 
 
Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association in Beijing, capital of China, January 21, 2013. Yu visited national religious groups in Beijing from January 21 to 23. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association in Beijing, capital of China, January 21, 2013. Yu visited national religious groups in Beijing from January 21 to 23. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
 
 
Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits The Buddhist Association of China in Beijing, capital of China, January 21, 2013. Yu visited national religious groups in Beijing from January 21 to 23.(Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits The Buddhist Association of China in Beijing, capital of China, January 21, 2013. Yu visited national religious groups in Beijing from January 21 to 23.(Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

 

A high-ranking official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has encouraged the religious circle and followers to play a positive role in China's modernization drive.

 

Calling them a "positive force" in promoting economic and social development, Yu Zhengsheng, a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, said efforts are needed to make religion conducive to national development and the improvement of religious adherents' material and spiritual lives.

 

Yu made the remarks during his visits to major national religious groups in Beijing from Monday to Wednesday.

 

"Among our people, it remains secondary whether they choose to believe or not to believe in religion, or which religion they chose to believe in. The common goal of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is primary," he said.

 

Yu paid visits to national associations of Buddhism, Taoism, Islam and Catholicism, as well as a Tibetan Buddhism college, respectively.

 

When visiting the High-Level Tibetan Buddhism College of China, Yu asked the faculty to deepen research regarding the compatibility of Tibetan Buddhism and socialist society.

 

He also urged the religious groups to pay attention to organization building and personnel training, and to discover more positive elements in religious doctrines.

 

The official asked CPC committees and local government administrations to support religious groups and help them solve practical problems.


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