公視新聞 記者 陳佳鑫 張梓嘉 台北報導
Recent reports that the Vatican has had exchanges with China have stirred domestic concerns about the stability of Taiwan's ties with the Holy See. To allay such concerns, the Presidential Office announced yesterday that Vice President Chen Chien-jen will visit the Vatican on Sept. 2 and attend the canonization of Mother Teresa on Sept. 4.
This scene is from two years ago when a choir from Rome's Sistine Chapel came to Taipei to perform and invited the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir to perform with them. On Sept. 4, the same choir was invited to perform at the canonization ceremony of Mother Teresa and Vice President Chen Chien-jen will attend the ceremony.
==JOHN KU Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir Director==
The Vice President was very happy when he found out about the invitation and very willing to attend.
On Aug.24 the Presidential Office announced that Vice President Chen Chien-jen will visit the Vatican from Sept. 2 to 8. He will attend the canonization of Mother Teresa and meet with high level Vatican officials. The Presidential Office emphasized that both countries upheld religious freedom and democracy and there was no softening in their diplomatic ties.
==WU CHIH-CHUNG Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs==
We have strong ties with the Vatican and we can say that looking to the future these ties will be maintained. Its all very stable.
A decade ago the Vatican issued a public announcement to Catholics in China saying that it hoped to normalize relations with China. Since this there have been constant rumors about Taiwan's diplomatic relations with the Vatican. At the beginning of August, it was reported that China and the vatican were signing a pre-diplomatic protocol agreement. The Presidential Office said that it was normal for the Holy See to discuss its religious values with Beijing and Taiwan did not oppose this in any way. Chen Chien-jen and Wu Chih-chung will visit the Vatican together.
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