Many people pay homage to Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – A Government delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh on March 16 paid homage to Archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese and former President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam Paul Bui Van Doc, who passed away in Rome on March 6 (Rome time).

Deputy PM Binh showed his deep sorrow of the passing of Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc, who he described as an outstanding dignitary with important role in building and developing the Church.

The same day, President Tran Dai Quang, former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and leaders of ministries, sectors, localities and domestic and foreign organisations also sent wreaths in tribute of the Archbishop.

Earlier, a delegation from the Party Committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee and Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City led by Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan also paid last tribute to Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc.

Writing on the funeral book, Nhan declared that the passing away of Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc is a great loss of the Catholic Church of Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City.

“The city loses an excellent citizen who always sacrificed for the Church and the happiness of the people,” wrote he.

Also on March 16, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Truong Thi Mai, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man, Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan, and head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Vu Chien Thang, and many delegations from central agencies and localities also came to see Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc for the last time.

Venerable Thich Tri Quang, head of the Executive Committee of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s chapter in Ho Chi Minh City, and representatives from many religious organisations, parishes of Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese and neighbouring localities also paid tribute to the dignitary.

Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc’s funeral will take place on March 17.-VNA