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First bishop born in Taiwan meets Pope in Rome

Pope Francis with Taiwanese Indigenous Bishop Norbert Pu. (Photo courtesy Taiwan in Holy See)

Pope Francis met with Taiwan's first indigenous bishop, Norbert Pu of Chiayi Diocese, recently in Rome.

Bishop Pu went to Rome to take part in a course for new bishops organized by the Dicastery for Evangelization. This is where the meeting took place.

During the meeting, Bishop Pu told the group that the church in Taiwan had sent its blessings.

On September 20, Taiwan's ambassador in Vatican City wrote on Facebook that Pu made a special trip to see the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Art Exhibition before leaving Rome.

This year, to mark the 10th anniversary of Pope Francis's pontificate, a show by Taiwanese artist Tseng Ying-tung was held. Pu said that he liked how Taiwanese modern art was used at the event.

Taiwan has 13 diplomatic friends left, and the Holy See is one of them.

Pope Francis named Pu to be the bishop of the Chiayi Diocese in February of last year.

Pu is a member of Taiwan's indigenous Tsou people in Alishan Township. The prelate has worked with several nuns and priests to translate missals and gospels into the Tsou language, as well as teach the Tsou native language in mountainous places.


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