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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 19, 2006

President Bush Attends Church Service in Vietnam
Cua Bac Cathedral
Hanoi, Vietnam

8:14 A.M. (Local)

THE PRESIDENT: Laura and I just had a moment to converse with God in a church here in Hanoi. We were touched by the simplicity and the beauty of the moment. We appreciate very much the congregation for allowing us to come and worship with them.

A whole society is a society which welcomes basic freedoms, and there's no more basic freedom than the basic -- the freedom to worship as you see fit. And Laura and I were proud to worship with believers here in Hanoi. And we, again, thank the church for the opportunity to come by. My hope is that people all across the world will be able to express religion [sic]* freedom. And it's our way of expressing our personal faith and, at the same time, urging societies to feel comfortable with, and confident in saying to their people, if you feel like praising God you're allowed to do so in any way you see fit.

President George W. Bush and Laura Bush greet members of Cua Bac Church in Hanoi, Vietnam, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. The President and Mrs. Bush attended service and addressed the press afterwards. White House photo by Shealah Craighead God bless, and thank you.

END 8:15 A.M. (Local)

*religious freedom
President George W. Bush addresses the media after he and Mrs. Laura Bush attended service at Cua Bac Church in Hanoi, Vietnam, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. White House photo by Shealah Craighead