Skip to comments.Taiwan’s Bishops Gather at the Vatican for First Time in 10 Years
Posted on 05/13/2018 6:48:52 AM PDT by marshmallow
ROME - The bishops of the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan, arrived in Rome earlier this week ahead of meetings with the pope and other Vatican officials - the first such visit in 10 years, and their first meeting with Francis since his election.
The delegation of seven bishops will meet with the pope next week for an ad limina visit - a customary meeting for diocesan bishops to give an update on the state of their dioceses - which typically takes place every five years.
The bishops of Taiwan last made an ad limina visit in December 2008 with Benedict XVI.
The bishops have brought two gifts for the pope: A painting by Giuseppe Castiglione, an Italian missionary to China who served as a painter in the court of three emperors in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, and a painting titled Merciful Sun Shines on Taiwan, by Tawanese artist Chia Shen-chen.
Before leaving for Rome, the bishops met with Taiwans president, Tsai Ing-wen, and with Vice President Chen Chien-jen - a devout Catholic who visited the Vatican for the canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta in 2016 - who held a farewell dinner to express the governments respect for the Church and the importance of Vatican-Taiwan relations.
The ad limina visit comes during a time of increased pressure from mainland China on Taiwan.
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