A ceremony was held on March 27 for Most Venerable Thich Thanh Bich, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, who passed away on March 23 at the age of 101.

President Truong Tan Sang, leaders of the Party, State, the Vietnam Fatherland Front, ministries and branches and organisations sent wreaths and condolences to the Sangha, followers and family of the monk.

The ceremony was held at Hoi Xa communal house, Thang Loi commune, Thuong Tin district, Hanoi , the hometown of the most venerable.

Superior Buddhist monk Thich Thanh Bich has been presented the Great National Unity Order, Certificate of Merit of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and many other noble awards.-VNA