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Kaohsiung to mark special birthday
Diocese reveals activities to celebrate Taiwan centenaryArchbishop Peter Liu Cheng-chung of Kaohsiung speaks at the press conference
- ucanews.com reporter, Kaohsiung
- March 31, 2011
Kaohsiung diocese, which is also commemorating its own 50th anniversary, has issued a special prayer for the nation and its people and has asked all Catholics to recite it every day.
The celebrations, revealed at a press conference yesterday, include a thanksgiving concert in June, an outdoor concert for youths and an aboriginal carnival in July, as well as a large prayer gathering at the historical Wanchin Minor Basilica in December.
Lin Shu-chuan, vice director of Kaohsiung city‚Äôs Civil Affairs Bureau, confirmed the Church‚Äôs activity plan at the press conference.
‚ÄúReligious belief is a significant force to stabilize society, as it can inspire people‚Äôs mercy and love,‚ÄĚ she said.
Wu I-cheng, a city lawmaker, called on people to pray for blessings.
‚ÄúReligious believers respect God, maintain a harmonious relationship with nature and reflect over the meaning and direction of life,‚ÄĚ he noted.
Archbishop Peter Liu Cheng-chung of Kaohsiung said preserving and carrying forward Taiwan‚Äôs beautiful land, people, democratic values and traditional cultures needs everybody‚Äôs effort, so that the next generation will have a future of hope and vision.
The 60-year-old prelate pledged the Church will also extend and improve its service to children, youth, women, indigenous people, the elderly and the public over the next 100 years.