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Pope meets VP Chen, says he will pray for Taiwan

  • VP Chen meets Pope Francis

    VP Chen meets Pope Francis

    Pope Francis met VP Chen at the Vatican (photo by Taiwan's embassy at the Vatican)

Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-jen is in the Vatican on a four-day visit… the purpose of the trip was to participate in a ceremony on Sunday morning in which Pope Francis declared seven new saints.


The canonization ceremony began on Sunday morning in the Vatican… with large portraits of the seven new saints hanging from the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica, watching out over the square where the ceremony was held.


Some 70,000 faithful from around the world were on hand, including 120 cardinals, 500 bishops and 3,000 priests.


Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-jen and his wife joined dignitaries, including Honduran Vice President Olga Alvarado.


Chen also met with Pope Francis before the ceremony on Sunday morning. He presented the Pope with a documentary about the life of Taiwan-based Jesuit priest Andres Diaz de Rabago, a 102-year-old Spaniard who served in Taiwan for more than 50 years.

Vice President Chen said that upon seeing the gift, Pope Francis -- the first Jesuit pope – said he knew that the Jesuits were doing a great job in Taiwan.


Chen said he extended to the Pope an invitation from President Tsai Ing-wen to visit Taiwan during his trip to Japan next year. The Pope sent his regards to President Tsai, saying that he would pray for Taiwan.