Devoted Italian nun realizes dream of becoming Taiwanese

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/22
By: Lu Kang-chun and Elaine Hou

Taipei, June 22 (CNA) Italian nun Sister Maristella Piergianni, who has cared for the underprivileged in

Sister Maristella Piergianni (center, photo courtesy of Hsinchu City government)

Taiwan for more than 50 years, was recently granted Taiwanese citizenship and a Taiwanese ID card, fulfilling her dream of becoming a naturalized citizen.

“I’ve always wanted to be Taiwanese,” said the 74-year-old, who was excited to receive the Taiwanese ID card and pledged that she will continue her efforts to help those in need.

Piergianni, who works at St. Joseph Social Welfare Foundation, a Catholic charity in Hsinchu City, received the Taiwanese ID on June 19, after the city made every effort to support her application for citizenship, in recognition of her long service.

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