Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, Supreme Patriarch of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (centre). (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Standing Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Vu Hong Khanh paid a pre-Tet visit to Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, Supreme Patriarch of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), at Vien Minh Pagoda, Phu Xuyen district, Hanoi on February 2.

At the meeting, Vice Chairman Khanh extended wishes for health and a happy Lunar New Year to Supreme Patriarch Thich Pho Tue.

The VBS, under the leadership of the Most Venerable, has been spiritually looking after the community of its followers and greatly contributing to the development of Hanoi and the country, the city official said.

Khanh expressed his hope that Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, who will turn 100 years old this year, will continue leading the VBS and fostering the new-style rural area process in Phu Duyen district.

The Supreme Patriarch thanked the Vice Chairman and the municipal authority for the city’s preferential policies for Buddhist practices, and wished them a peaceful and prosperous holiday.-VNA