The Holy See confirmed his relationship with Taiwan

The Holy See reaffirms diplomatic relations between the Vatican Taiwan which are fulfilling their 73 th anniversary.

The Holy See reaffirms diplomatic relations between the Vatican yTaiwán, which are fulfilling their 73 th anniversary, as the March 27 announcement a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, Charge d'Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Taiwan, speaking at a reception on March 15 in Taipei to celebrate the first anniversary of the pontificate of Pope Francisco, said Zhang Ming-zhong, Director General of MOFA Department of European Affairs. Russell stated that the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has shown appreciation in their relationship with the Vatican in many respects and appreciates the Holy See likewise the friendship between the two parties. Russell also noted that the Pope loves much the people of Taiwan.

Asked about relations between the Holy See and Beijing, Zhang revealed that Pope Francis has written to President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, to express concern regarding the Catholic Church in mainland China, but said this did not affect relations between the Vatican and Taipei.

The Vatican is the only diplomatic ally of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Europe. In October 2014 will mark 73 years of diplomatic relations between the two parties.

A celebration of thanksgiving and reception was also invited Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vanessa Yea-ping Shih, who referred to the visit of President Ma Ying-jeou to the Holy See for the investiture of Pope Francisco. Ma was very impressed by the upbeat and friendly attitude of the Holy Father.

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