Cao Dai Tay Ninh Church holds congress for 2017-2022 tenure hinh anh 1At the congress of the Cao Dai Tay Ninh Church. (Photo: VNA)

Tay Ninh (VNA) – As many as 1,500 Cao Dai dignitaries nationwide met in the congress for 2017-2022 tenure of the Cao Dai Tay Ninh Church in the southwestern province of Tay Ninh from December 6-9.

During 2012-2017, the church worked to bolster internal solidarity and joined hands with relevant authorities to carry out social and charity activities. It also instructed the followers to carry out policies of the Party and State during the national renovation and protection.

Looking forwards the 2017-2022 period, the church will focus on strengthening internal solidarity, working to connect with external social organisations, participating in charitable and social activities as well as leading its followers to comply with State regulations.

At the congress, head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Vu Chien Thang hailed the church’s role in the past years, saying the church has demonstrated its role in guiding its followers to have actively joined in local socio-economic and cultural activities in the locality, making significant contributions to the national construction progress.

The Vietnamese Government has persistently ensured belief and religious freedom as well as legal religious activities of dignities and followers and been determined to eradicate and give strict punishments to anyone who takes advantage of religions to undermine national unity and socio-political order, Thang stressed.

Founded in 1926 in Tay Ninh province, the Cao Dai religion worships the Divine Eye, known as the eye of heaven and a symbol of supreme of the Cao Dai religion. Cao Dai’s doctrine honours the Divine and the miraculous quality of supreme spirits, and considers them as the means for human beings to unify with God.-VNA