The Ministry of Environment has decided to hand over a Catholic church abandoned in Bokor National Park in Kampot province to the Catholic community for management.
On Sunday, the ministry held a ceremony to hand over the church to the Catholic National Office for Social Communication.
Environment Minister Say Samal said that the government decided to hand over the church to the community in order to maintain, repair, and keep it preserved for religious practices.
“It means that the government recognizes all religions and the people’s right to practice their faith,” he said.
Ly Sovanna, executive director for the Catholic National Office for Social Communication, said that the church was abandoned and not maintained since the civil war.
Mr Sovanna said that his organization had in the past suggested to the government that it could maintain the church and is pleased to have it under its control.
“Some parts of this church are broken,” he said. “The Catholic community will repair it and it will be able to be used again for worship.”
The church was built in 1917 by French colonials atop Bokor Mountain.