Having accepted the invitations from the University of Bordeaux in France, the University of Vienna in Austria and CESNUR (Center for studies on New Religions) in Torino-Italy, His Eminence Cardinal led the delegation consisting of dignitaries from the Holy See and from Cao Dai overseas, other dignitaries from the US and Professor Jérémy Jammes, Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Affairs at the University of Brunei Darussalam.
At the University of Bordeaux, Professor Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Dean of the Department of Religions and Sociology warmly greeted and welcomed the delegation, then guided the delegates to the auditorium to meet with about 90 professors and students.
His Eminence Cardinal, Reverend Thuong Canh Thanh and Professor Jérémy Jammes took turn to introduce the history, doctrine and religious activities of the Cao Dai Religion in Vietnam.
While in France, the Cao Dai Delegation paid a visit to the Panthéon in Paris to pay homage to Victor Hugo who revealed himself as a Saint in Cao Dai under the name of Chưởng Đạo Nguyệt Tâm Chơn Nhơn (Superintendent of Monasteries). Victor Hugo was tasked by God to lead the Cao Dai missionary activities outside Viet Nam.
At the University of Vienna, the Cao Đai delegation was warmly greeted and welcomed by Professor Lukas Pokorny, Dean of the Department of Religious studies. About 30 people attended the presentation on Cao Dai. Dr. Pokorny informed that the Master degree’s curriculum now included a full-credit course on Caodaism and was introduced last March.
At The Vatican, the Cao Dai delegation was greeted by Priest Santiago Michael, Executive Staff of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Priest Michael H. Weniger, in charge of the Commission for religious relations with Muslims in Europe and America.
Then, the Cao Đai Delegation met with His Excellency Bishop Monsignor Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
Bishop Guixot expressed his pleasure to meet the Cao Dai delegation, explained about the duties and responsibilities of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
After the Vatican tour, the Cao Dai Delegation visited the headquarters of CESNUR (Center for studies on New Religions) in Torino, Italy. Dr. Massimo Introvigne welcomed the delegation and took the guests to the Center’s library. This library hold around 50.000 books on all new religions or religious movements in the world. Cao Dai Religion has a few books in there.