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Pope Francis invited to visit Taiwan

VATICAN (Agencies): Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan (洪山川) of Taipei, invited Pope Francis to visit Taiwan, possibly during the national Eucharistic Congress to be held on the island next March, AsiaNews and Reuters reported on May 11.
 
Reuters reported that the archbishop, who is in Rome for an ad limina visit together with six other Taiwanese bishops, said at a reception at Taiwan’s embassy to the Holy See, “No pope has ever landed in Taiwan.” 
 

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Charity run for those with disabilities shows Taiwan’s human touch

TAINAN (UCAN): The Diocese of Tainan, Taiwan, is breathing a sigh of relief now that interest in a charity run, which at first looked to be a flop out of the starting blocks, saw a sudden, upward spike that saw the number of sign-ups multiply 10-fold in just a few days.
 
The first Tobias Cup, organised by the Tobias Social Welfare Foundation, is scheduled to kick off on May 26 in Hutoupei, Xinhua town, in Tainan, with the goal of raising NT$20 million ($5.28 million).
 

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Pope sends condolences to Taiwan after earthquakes

VATICAN  (CNS): Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the people of Taiwan after high-magnitude earthquakes on February 6 and 7 devastated the island nation, killing at least nine people and injuring hundreds more.
In a telegramme sent by the Vatican, the pope offered “the assurance of his prayers for those who have lost their lives and for those who have been injured.” 
 

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Fie on casinos

TAIPEI (UCAN): Father Chou Jung, from the parish of the Sacred Heart in Kinmen, a group of islands off the coast of China near the city of Xiamen under the administration of the People’s Republic of China, has linked the anti-corruption campaign being run by the president, Xi Jinping, to a resounding no vote against casinos being built on the island.
 
Residents on the islands overwhelmingly voted against casinos on their territory on October 28 with reports saying 24,368 voted against with only 2,705 in favour.
 

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The faith of the religious media

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): Presenting the Golden Ball Award in memory of her old teacher and friend, Father Jerry Martinson, who made his name famous across China and Taiwan for his comparing role on the Catholic television network, the Kuangchi Programme Service, as Uncle Jerry, Louise Tsuei quoted him as often saying, “Working in the media is like an act of faith, because, since we cannot see the public, we must firmly believe in what we are doing.”
 

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Missionaries honoured in Taiwan

TAIPEI (UCAN): Taiwan has granted citizenship to two missionaries from the United States of America, Father Alan Doyle and Sister Mary Paul Watts, in recognition of their contribution to society.
 
“I am a genuine Taiwanese,” 80-year-old Father Doyle said on July 9 as he received his identity card.
 
Father Doyle has lived in Taiwan for 53 years and worked in the area of the preservation and development of the Hoklo language, often referred to as Taiwanese, during his more then half a century on the island.

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Bit of Catholic television coming to China

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): The third season of a weekly television show on Pope Francis called Oh my God ended in a great fundraising dinner put on by its producer, the Kuangchi Programme Service, with more than 1,000 donors, the best event of its kind in the recent history of the diocese of Taipei.
 

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Anything was possible for Uncle Jerry

TAIPEI (SE): Uncle Jerry, a group from the team of the People’s Republic of China called out when they saw the face of Father Jerry Martinson in a shopping mall in San Diego during the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984.
 
A well-known face across China from his long-running bilingual television series screened across both Taiwan and China, in which as Uncle Jerry he shared his insights with children learning English, had made him a celebrity in both places.
 

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Pushing Taiwan out of the world

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): Taiwan was not be represented at the World Health Assembly held in Geneva from May 22 to 31, although it has attended regularly for the past eight years.
 
Organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the assembly studies and implements decisions about worldwide healthcare which are applicable worldwide. Beijing-friendly Margaret Chan, from Hong Kong, is WHO’s director general.
 

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