By: Joseph Yeh
Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday welcomed Pope Francis’ appointment of a special envoy to attend a National Eucharistic Congress to be held in the country in March, saying that the decision again shows strong and cordial bilateral ties between the island and the Vatican.
The Holy See announced last Saturday that the Pope had appointed Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, to the concluding celebration of the 4th National Eucharistic Congress in Taiwan, to be held in Yunlin County on March 1.
Asked to comment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Monday that the Pope’s decision to send a special envoy to the national congress demonstrated strong ties between Taiwan and the Holy See, its only diplomatic ally in the Europe.
This will also mark the first time that Cardinal Fernando Filoni, a close friend of Taiwan, visits the country since he took office as the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in May 2011, said MOFA in a statement.