BEIJING (Sputnik) – Vice President of the Republic of China Chen Chien-jen has invited Pope Francis to visit Taiwan, the office of the Taiwanese president said in a statement.
Chen has arrived in the Vatican on October 11, and his visit will last until Tuesday. On Sunday, Chen held a meeting with the pope and invited him to visit Taiwan. Chen has also conveyed to the pope the best wishes from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. While the pope said that he would pray for Taiwan, it has not been reported yet whether he has accepted the invitation.
On September 22, the Vatican and the Chinese government signed an agreement on the appointment of bishops in China. This is a landmark event in the Chinese-Vatican relations, which were tense, with Beijing insisting that appointing bishops was its responsibility in spite of the Vatican’s claims that the pope should approve such appointments.
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