Vice president returns after visit to Holy See

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (???) returned to Taiwan Thursday from a visit to the Holy See, where he attended the canonization ceremony of Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Upon his arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Chen told reporters that the trip was very successful.

Describing the canonization ceremony as "spectacular," he said the event drew 150,000 people from around the world, who came together to commemorate Mother Teresa's humanitarian service for the impoverished and her contributions to world peace.

Chen said he used the opportunity to extend his regards to Pope Francis on behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen (???), the Taiwanese people and the Catholic community in Taiwan.

According to the vice president, a performance by the Taipei Philharmonic Chorus at the canonization ceremony received positive reviews from the audience. Through coverage by foreign media, Taiwan was able to show its soft power to the world and allow the world to see that ties between the Republic of China and the Holy See are founded on common values, he said.

Also during the trip, Chen said, he met with several high-ranking Holy See officials to discuss exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, and donated 100,000 euros (US$112,520) for victims of a deadly earthquake that struck central Italy last month.

Based on the universal values of peace, freedom, equality and altruism, the ROC will remain an "indispensable partner" of the Holy See in promoting peace and freedom of religion around the world, he said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel