Taiwan will continue to promote values of peace, solidarity: VP

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, right, attends an event for the Sixth Buddhist-Christian Colloquium on Nov. 16, 2017. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) told a visiting cardinal from the Vatican on Friday that Taiwan’s government will continue to promote the values of peace and solidarity across all religions.

In a meeting with Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday, the vice president said that based on the universal values of peace, freedom, equality and altruism, Taiwan will remain an indispensable partner of the Holy See in promoting peace and freedom of religion around the world.

As such, Chen also called on people across all religions to collaborate in promoting a culture of compassion, tolerance, non-violence and empathy.

Meanwhile, the vice president also took the opportunity to express his appreciation to Pope Francis, who extended his warm blessings to the people of Taiwan early last month through a note verbale from the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See in Taipei.

In his message, the Pope prayed that the people of Taiwan would always promote the values of peace and solidarity.

Tauran arrived on a four-day visit to attend the Sixth Buddhist-Christian Colloquium, which wrapped up Thursday in New Taipei.

The religious event was jointly organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, which is headed by Cardinal Tauran, the Taiwan-based Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference and Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society and has drawn participants from 18 countries.

By Fan Cheng-yang and Ko Li