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President Tsai invites Pope Francis to visit Taiwan

2018/03/13 21:11:03

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)/CNA file photo

The Vatican, March 13 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) sent a congratulatory message to Pope Francis on fifth anniversary of his pontificate Tuesday, and expressed the hope that he will one day visit Taiwan, according to the Republic of China (Taiwan) Embassy in the Holy See.

Tsai said in her message that on behalf of the people and government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), she was honored to extend congratulations to the Pope on the fifth anniversary of his election to the helm of the Catholic Church.

The Taiwan people very much admire the pope's moral character, his assistance to migrants and refugees, his peacemaking efforts, and his dedication to promoting religious freedom, fairness and justice throughout the world, Tsai said in her message.

She also said Taiwan remains firmly committed to continued cooperation with the Vatican, fully recognizes the values and ideals advocated by the pope, and will continue to work with him to build a better future for all the people on Earth.

Tsai wished the pope good health and said she is hoping to welcome him to Taiwan one day.

The message was sent amid reports that the Vatican and China are on the verge of signing an agreement on the appointment of bishops, a move that could lead to the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two sides.

(By Huang Ya-shih and Evelyn Kao)