In­te­rior min­is­ter be­stows hon­ors on re­li­gious fig­ures

The China Post - - LOCAL -

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chen Weizen hon­ored 35 mis­sion­ar­ies on Mon­day for their long- term con­tri­bu­tions to Tai­wan dur­ing stays that have av­er­aged more than 35 years.

Chen ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the mis­sion­ar­ies and said “they are more Tai­wanese than me” at an award cer­e­mony held Mon­day at the Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal con­fer­ence cen­ter in Taipei.

Ninety-eight-year-old Fa­ther An­dres Diaz de Rabago was the old­est award re­cip­i­ent. A na­tive of Spain, he had taught med­i­cal science ethics at the Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity Col­lege of Medicine for 50 years.

Chen said the gov­ern­ment be­gan in 2004 to help mis­sion­ar­ies who have lived in Tai­wan for more than 20 years ob­tain Plum Blos­som Cards, giv­ing them per­ma­nent res­i­dency, and he pledged to con­tinue to of­fer them as­sis­tance in the fu­ture.

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