Date: January 27, 2016
ROC President Ma Ying-jeou sent a letter to Pope Francis Jan. 19 in
response to the head of the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace message issued at the beginning of the year.
“I heartily agree with and admire the profound insights expressed in your message celebrating the 2016 World Day of Peace … which calls on people around the world to build a culture of solidarity, mercy and compassion to combat global selfishness, resignation and indifference,” Ma said.
Widespread indifference to poverty and the environment has created new forms of poverty and injustice that may ultimately threaten global security and peace, the president said. “If we wish to foster peace, we must overcome people’s indifference.”
According to Ma, since he took office in May 2008, Taiwan has faithfully fulfilled its responsibility as a responsible member of the global community by providing relief to victims of natural disasters and wars in Guatemala, Nepal, northern Iraq, Syria and West Africa. [FULL STORY]