Foreign minister to attend Pope Paul VI beatification


TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Ma Ying-jeou has designated Foreign Minister David Lin (�L�ü�) as his envoy to attend the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI at the Vatican on Sunday.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Friday that Lin and his delegation to the Holy See will leave Taiwan on Oct. 18, attend the ceremony on Oct. 19 and return to Taiwan on Oct. 22.

Lin’s visit will boost bilateral exchanges and friendship, the statement said.

Pope Paul VI was elected pope on June 21, 1963 and passed away on Aug. 6, 1978. He was the first pope to travel to five continents, making him the most traveled pope in history at the time.