The Cao Daist Missionary Church, a sect of Caodaism, on July 5 held its fourth Congress for the 2011-2016 period at the Trung Hung Buu Toa Oratory, in the central city of Da Nang.

The congress reviewed the church’s operation over the past five years and discussed programmes for the next five years, focusing on the church’s ceremonial activities, construction of new parishes and places of worship and encouraging followers to take part in social and charitable activities and preserve family and religious traditions.

It also reported on new personnel to the Church’s committees and supplements to the religion’s regulations.

The congress was held to maintain the church’s operations and was a chance for the church to meet with other Caodaism sects as well as other religions.

The event was attended by Nguyen Thanh Xuan, Deputy Head of the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs, and Le Quang Toan, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, among others.

The Cao Daist Missionary Church , with over 46,000 followers, had 66 parishes and worship places in 18 provinces and cities nationwide.

Founded in the early 1920s in Vietnam , Caodaism was both deeply influenced by ancient oriental culture and open to Western civilisation./.