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A person walks past an area of a damaged building that is cordoned off following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on April 3, 2024, in Hualien, Taiwan.

Pope Francis ‘deeply saddened,’ expresses closeness with victims of Taiwan earthquake

Apr 4, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Holy Father “assures everyone affected by this disaster of his heartfelt solidarity and spiritual closeness,” a Vatican telegram said. Read more

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on Dec. 27, 2022.

President of Taiwan joins Pope Francis in call for regulating AI

Jan 31, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen sent a letter to Pope Francis on Wednesday joining the pontiff in calling for greater... Read more

Taiwan’s Ambassador to the Holy See Matthew Lee speaks Oct. 5, 2023, at a reception with members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican. Lee underlined that “Taiwan will do whatever we can to remain on the road of peace.”

Taiwan’s ambassador to the Vatican: Better to prevent a war than stop one afterward

Oct 5, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Speaking at a reception on Oct. 5, Ambassador Matthew Lee underlined that “Taiwan will do whatever we can to remain... Read more

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on Dec. 27, 2022.

Taiwan president writes to Pope Francis about ‘preserving regional security’ with China

Jan 24, 2023

By Courtney Mares

“The war that erupted between Russia and Ukraine last February has brought home to humanity just how valuable peace is,”... Read more

The front of the Chinese embassy in Paris, France

Chinese embassy shares anti-Catholic cartoon amid Pelosi visit to Taiwan

Aug 5, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The image, created by a Chinese artist and propagandist, shows a gaunt, hooded and witchlike woman — crowned with a... Read more

The flags of the People’s Republic of China and of Vatican City.

Are diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Beijing on the horizon?

Feb 11, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Two personnel moves have prompted speculation that the Vatican is changing its diplomatic strategy. Read more

British human rights campaigner Benedict Rogers

Human rights activist: Diplomatic relations between Vatican and China would be ‘totally unacceptable’

Feb 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Vatican recently moved officials from posts in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Read more

Why a bishop in Taiwan resigned only six months after installation

Jun 23, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Tainan in Taiwan resigned six months after his ordination and installation on Jan.... Read more

The flags of Taiwan and the Vatican.

Taiwan foreign ministry: Catholics in China are facing serious challenges

Oct 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Taiwan’s foreign ministry responded by the renewal of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement Thursday by highlighting the worsening religious freedom situation... Read more

Chineses, Taiwanese and Vatican flags. Image via Shutterstock

China restates ‘one China’ policy on Taiwan in question on Vatican talks

Sep 22, 2020

A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has underscored the country’s insistence that Taiwan not be recognized as... Read more

Flag on Taiwan on a world map.

Analysis: China and the Vatican - What if the US recognizes Taiwan?

Sep 17, 2020

By Ed Condon

A dramatic diplomatic maneuver from the Trump administration could strengthen Rome’s hand with China, and rebalance the relationship between all... Read more

The flags of Taiwan and the Vatican.

Taiwan foreign ministry: Vatican-China deal will not affect diplomatic recognition

Sep 15, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that it has received assurances from the Vatican regarding the renewal of the Vatican-China deal.  Read more

Chineses, Taiwanese and Vatican flags. Image via Shutterstock

Analysis: The Vatican and China Part III, Taiwan

Jul 24, 2020

By Ed Condon

With negotiations ongoing for an extension of the 2018 Vatican-China deal, the fate of Vatican-Taiwan relations may prove inextricable from... Read more

A bishop's pectoral cross.

Pope Francis appoints new archbishop for Taiwan’s capital

May 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis appointed Saturday Bishop Thomas An-Zu Chung as the next Metropolitan Archbishop of Taipei, Taiwan.  Read more

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a press conference on Jan. 22, 2020.

Taiwan president appeals to Pope Francis over China’s 'abuse of power'

Jan 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen has written to Pope Francis describing China’s aggression and persecution of religion as “obstacles to peace,”... Read more

Taiwan voters reject same-sex marriage

Nov 27, 2018

The people of Taiwan voted against the recognition of same-sex marriage in a series of referendums last weekend, reinforcing the... Read more

Taiwan & Vatican Flags are waving in the sky with dark clouds.

Taiwan offers second invitation to pope following Vatican-China deal

Oct 15, 2018

Taiwan’s government has issued a second invitation for Pope Francis to visit the country, a move which follows new developments... Read more

Archbishop Hung Shan-Chuan of Taipei.

Taiwanese bishops discuss China deal and papal visit with Pope Francis

May 15, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis discussed the state of the Church with Taiwan’s bishops this week, while assuring them that episcopal appointments in... Read more

Pope Francis and a cross during the Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum in Rome, Italy on April 3, 2015.

Pope Francis voices condolences over deadly Taiwan quake

Feb 7, 2018

By Elise Harris

After a massive earthquake and a string of aftershocks in Taiwan killed at least seven and injured hundreds more, Pope... Read more

Chinese flag.

Communist-backed Chinese paper weighs in on possible China-Vatican deal

Feb 6, 2018

By Elise Harris

A Chinese newspaper with close ties to the nation's communist party has added its voice to the discussion of a... Read more