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Togolese ordained in Taiwan

KAOHSIUNG (UCAN): Inspired by a 19th century missionary to China, Father Joseph Youta Djiba, from Togo, was ordained in Taiwan on February 18 for the Chinese province of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).

Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, from Taipei, who is a member of the same congregation, ordained the young Togolese at Our Lady of Fatima church in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.

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Taiwan president makes pledge to the pope

TAIPEI (SE): “As Your Holiness states in the Message for World Day of Peace, women are often leaders in nonviolent action,” the first female head of state in the ethnic Chinese world, Tsai Ing-wen, from Taiwan, says in a letter to Pope Francis dated January 5.

Tsai tells the pope that she is devoted to enhancing the wellbeing of the people of her domain and, significantly, creating a new era for cross-strait peace between Taiwan and mainland China.

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Vatican reassures Taiwan

TAIPEI (UCAN): The president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, met with Oscar Andres Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, the coordinator of the nine-member Council of Cardinal Advisers to Pope Francis during her recent visit to four Central American nations.

On the second day of her tour in Honduras, Tsai attended a Mass at the Basilica of Suyapa in Tegucigalpa and received a blessing from Cardinal Maradiaga.

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Taiwan opposition to same-sex marriage

TAIPEI (UCAN): The Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference in Taiwan issued a statement expressing the opposition of the Church to a bill that would allow same-sex marriage and asked the people of the island state to pray and fast for the cause.

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Learning from each other’s riches

TAIPEI (SE): Speaking at a Mass celebrated on what Taiwan celebrates as Mission Sunday on October 16, John Cardinal Tong Hon paid tribute to the late Paul Cardinal Shan Kuo-hsi, from Kaohsiung, for inspiring him to challenge the Catholic people of Hong Kong to be outgoing in sharing their faith and inviting people to come to the Church with them.

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Enriching Christian-Daoist dialogue

TAIPEI (SE): “Encouraged by the success of this encounter, we commit ourselves to share the fruit of our dialogue (in) expressing deepest respect for one another’s tradition and agreeing to engage in sincere dialogue at local, national and international levels,” a statement released by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue at the conclusion of a symposium at the Daoist Baoan Temple in Taipei on October 16 says.

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Parish swamped by typhoons in Taiwan

TAIPEI (UCAN): The parish of St. Stephen in Taitung City, Taiwan, as had its fair share of battering from the skies this year. When Super Typhoon Nepartak hit the island in July, it badly damaged its roof, leaving its floor looking like a 40 centimetre-deep pool.

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Jesuit from Burundi ordained in Taipei

TAIPEI (SE): A Jesuit deacon from the tiny African nation of Burundi, Reverend Ladislas Nsengiyumva, was ordained to the priesthood in Holy Family Catholic Church in Taipei, Taiwan, on July 30, by Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, the archbishop of Taipei.

Father John Lee Hua SJ, the provincial of the Jesuit Chinese Province, joined in the ordination Mass and recommended him for priesthood.

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Fathers’ Day plea to pope for Taiwan

HONG KONG (SE): A letter addressed to Pope Francis from the president of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, Peter Chen, a United States of America (US)-based group for the promotion of freedom, human rights and democracy in Taiwan, is appealing for the Vatican to consider the welfare of the island-state in its diplomatic negotiations with Beijing.

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Fire in Taiwan’s oldest church

TAIPEI (UCAN): A man with a history of mental illness has been arrested for setting a wooden statue of Our Lady on fire in the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the small town of Wanjin, the oldest church in Taiwan.

Video footage of the August 3 incident led police to arrest a suspect named Pan on the following day.

Local media reported that Pan admitted to the act of vandalism, saying the Virgin Mary was his wife.

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