By: Chiu Chun-chin and Chi Jo-yao
Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said he will again invite Pope Francisto visit Taiwan when he attends the canonization of late British Cardinal John Henry Newman and four others on Oct. 13 in Vatican City.
The vice president made the remark at Taoyuan International Airport on Thursday evening before he departed Taiwan as the special envoy of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) for the canonization, during which he is expected to meet with the pontiff.
Chen said Taiwan and the Holy See, Taiwan's only diplomatic ally in Europe, enjoy close relations and work together on humanitarian aid, preventing human trafficking and facilitating cultural and religious exchanges.
The vice president said Taiwan will go on supporting Pope Francis' work to spread the messages of religious freedom, social justice and care for the underprivileged. [FULL STORY]