- Jul 24, 2021
At a time when the Vatican continues to draw fire for its controversial deal over the appointment of bishops with China, the president of arguably the most longstanding thorn in Beijing’s side has written Pope Francis instead to praise collaboration between Taiwan and Rome.
Following yesterday’s announcement of the renewal of the Vatican-China provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, Taiwan has voiced concern over religious freedom and human rights.
With the Vatican expected to renew its provisional agreement with China on the appointment of bishops later this month, Taiwan has been conspicuously silent from the conversation.
As Italy’s coronavirus numbers are again on the rise and more public restrictions appear to be looming, Taiwan has stepped up to offer help through financial and sanitary assistance.
In comments to media over the weekend, Taipei’s new Archbishop Thomas Chung An-zu said he is confident that the Vatican’s apparent courtship of China will not have an impact on Taiwan’s relationship with the Holy See.
Maryknoll Father Eugene Murray sums up the essence of his 62 years of missionary priesthood in two simple phrases: Being kind to people and relying on God’s grace.
Both China and Taiwan have made donations to the Vatican amid the global COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, yet the Vatican has only publicly acknowledged those given by China, making its silence toward Taiwan nothing short of deafening.
As Italy continues to reel from high death counts related to the COVID-19 coronavirus and basic sanitary supplies hard to come by, the Taiwanese Embassy to the Holy See has made several donations to both Vatican offices and religious orders in a show of solidarity.