Pope sends National Day congratulatory message to President Tsai

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Pope Francis (in white) sends National Day message to congratulate President Tsai. (CNA Photo)

Pope Francis on Tuesday sent a congratulatory message to President Tsai Ing-wen for Taiwan’s National Day. The National Day of the Republic of China is celebrated on October 10.

The foreign ministry on Thursday said the pope has conveyed that he will pray for continued peace, justice and unity for the people of Taiwan.

Foreign ministry official Chen Hsin-hsin said that Taiwan and the Vatican have a long lasting and steady relationship.

“There have been many exchanges between high level officials on both sides for many years. Vice President Chen Chien-jen will be attending the canonization of Pope Paul VI to express our sincerity and to further our interaction and friendship with the Holy See,” said Chen.

 Meanwhile, deputy foreign minister of the Vatican, Antoine Camilleri was at the National Day celebration held at Taiwan’s embassy in the Vatican City on Tuesday. He confirmed the good relations between the two sides that have been maintained for 76 years.