Deputy Patriarch of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha's Executive Council Most Venerable Thich Thanh Sam (Photo: phatgiao.org.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Patriarch of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha's Discerment Council Most Venerable Thich Thanh Sam passed away at 6:30 on March 13 in Bac Ninh province, aged 90, according to the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs.

On its announcement the same day, the Committee said Most Venerable Thich Thanh Sam had high prestige and influences among monks and nuns and followers in and outside the country.  

He made numerous contributions to Buddhism and the nation and had been conferred with the first and third class Independence Order, the second class War Resistance Order, among others.

The dignitary died of old age and his funeral will be held on March 16 in Kinh Bac ward, Bac Ninh city in Bac Ninh province.-VNA