HCM CITY (VNS)— The Minh Ly sect under the Three-Religion Temple (Minh Ly Dao–Tam Tong Mieu) held its fifth congress in HCM City on Sunday.
During the congress, which was attended by over 200 followers as well as representatives of the Government's Committee for Religious Affairs, Fatherland Front and local authorities, the sect announced plans for the 2013-18 period as well as its new executive board.
Since the sect received the Government's permission to practise religious rites in 2008, it has implemented rules and rituals in harmony with national customs.
Dignitaries and followers of the sect raised over VND2 billion (US$95,000) for charitable activities, including opening a charitable clinic in HCM City's District 3.
Speaking at the ceremony, Duong Ngoc Tan, deputy head of the Government's Committee for Religious Affairs, praised the sect's contributions to humanitarian activities and local socio-economic development.
Founded in 1924, Minh Ly Dao-Tam Tong Mieu combines the faiths of three major Oriental religions and promotes the spirit of leniency, happiness and development. It operates mainly in HCM City and the southern provinces of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Long An. — VNS