Taiwan hails 75 years of diplomatic relations with Vatican

Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher promises that the Vatican would continue its partnership with Taiwan
Taiwan hails 75 years of diplomatic relations with Vatican

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Vatican City at the Pontifical University. The Vatican is the only European state among Taiwan's 20 diplomatic allies. (Photo courtesy of the Embassy of the Republic of China [Taiwan])


Vatican City
October 10, 2017
The Embassy of the Republic of China to the Holy See celebrated the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the Vatican City at an event held at the Pontifical University in Rome on Oct. 5.

During the event held in an auditorium, Secretary (Relations with States) of the Secretariat of State Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher promised that the Vatican would continue its partnership with Taiwan.

The archbishop said the Vatican would support positive dialogue and facilitate practical exchanges for the benefit of mankind.

Matthew Lee, Taiwan's ambassador to the Vatican, said his country has faced many difficult challenges during the past 75 years it developed to become a society with economic progress, political democracy and freedom of religion.

"Although cross-Taiwan Strait relations [with China] are not perfect, Taiwan can do much more than the world can imagine," Lee said.

Invited to the event were 10 foreign priests and nuns from 10 congregations who were given certificates of gratitude for their work in Taiwan. Among them was Spanish Father Andres Diaz de Rabago who served in Taiwan for nearly 50 years. Father Rabago had recently celebrated his 100th birthday and those at the event sung him happy birthday.  

The event was part of Taiwan's National Day celebrations.

The Vatican is the only European state among Taiwan's 20 diplomatic allies.

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