|Ben Tre's Cao Dai church. — caodaivn.com
BEN TRE (VNS) — The union of Cao Dai churches and organisations held a meeting on Saturday in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre to review operations over the past five years and make plans for the future.
The event was attended by Dinh Quang Tien, deputy head of the Cao Dai Department at the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, representatives from the boards of religious affairs in Ben Tre, Tien Giang, Long An and Tay Ninh provinces, as well as dignitaries and followers from 16 Cao Dai organisations nationwide.
Tien lauded the effective operations of the union, saying they had come up with a new, unique management model. He urged leaders of Cao Dai churches to work more towards strengthening solidarity and unity in the union.
Noting that the Government Committee for Religious Affairs plans to gather feedback on the Law on Religion in 2015, he said Cao Dai churches and organisations should give their opinions on its provisions.
Over the past five years, the Cao Dai churches and organisations have actively participated in various social and charity activities, raising over VND177.6 billion (US$8.4 million) for the needy, and worked with the State in ensuring social welfare and reducing poverty, the meeting heard.
Participants agreed on the union's future orientations, including stepping up efforts to help poor people and joining the Government's programmes to reduce poverty and build new-style rural areas. — VNS