Interior minister bestows honors on religious figures
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.