Vice Chairwoman of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs (GCRA)’s Trần Thị Minh Nga chaired on September 30 a meeting with the visiting delegation of overseas Vietnamese who are followers of Caodaism participating in Dieu Tri festival 2023.
Present at the meeting included Deputy Director of the Home Affairs Department in Tay Ninh province Trần Minh Nay and Cardinal President of the Tay Ninh Caodai Church Thượng Tám Thanh, Chairman of the representative committee for Caodai affairs overseas Thượng Văn Thanh and representatives of 17 Caodai communities from United State of America, Australia, United Kingdom, Taiwan (People’s Republic of China), Malaysia, Cambodia, and Korea.
Speaking with host, Chairman Thượng Văn Thanh stated that over the past years, oversea followers of Caodaism have strictly observed policies and laws of the host countries, practiced the religion in accordance with the founding principal of Caodaism, and proactively made practical contributions to social charities in the home country.
Vice Chairwoman Trần Thị Minh Nga speaks at the meeting
Speaking with the guests, Vice Chairwoman Trần Thị Minh Nga spoke highly of the solidarity towards the home country of overseas Vietnamese who are Caodai followers. The official also highlighted that State government and Party of Vietnam always pay due attentions to and create favorable conditions for affairs of overseas Vietnamese, including religious practices of overseas Vietnamese. She suggested that overseas Vietnamese could express their thoughts and aspirations through Vietnamese Embassies in the host countries about state policies for supporting overseas Vietnamese in general, and overseas religious Vietnamese in particular, especially the teaching of Vietnamese language for children of overseas Vietnamese.
Cardinal Thượng Tám Thanh speaks at the meeting
Representatives of overseas followers of Caodaism thanked the state authorities and the Tay Ninh Caodai church for their due attention and supports extended to the participation of overseas Vietnamese in religious activities in the home country. They also shared that overseas Vietnamese always wish to bring advanced knowledge in the fields of education and health to serve the home country and the Caodai church, and expressed hope that state agencies would support the establishment of Caodai oratories in host countries for religious practices of overseas followers.