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Taiwan president writes to pope

TAIPEI (Agencies): The outgoing president of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, sent a letter to Pope Francis in response to his January 1 World Day of Peace Message, saying that Taiwan is a peace-loving country.

Ma expressed strong support for Pope Francis’ message of encouragement to people everywhere not to lose hope in the human ability to conquer evil and to combat resignation and indifference, Taipei’s China Post reported on January 27.

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Ma and Xi meet could spell collapse for Taipei diplomacy

TAIPEI (UCAN): A historic meeting between the leaders of China and Taiwan—the first since Mao Zedong and Chiang Kia-shek faced off towards the end of the civil war in 1949—has triggered concern among Catholics that Taiwan’s upcoming election, set to return a more independent-minded party to power, could see Beijing ask the Vatican to cut its ties with the island nation as part of a broader deal.

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