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Declaration of the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, 18.10.2018

The Canonization of Pope Paul VI and another six Blesseds was attended by various Delegations, including one from Taiwan, led by the Deputy President, H.E. Mr. Chen Chien-jen.

Before the Holy Mass, there was a brief courtesy greeting to Pope Francis by the Heads of the Delegations, in accordance with the Protocol for such occasions.

In this context, strictly religious, the Deputy President Mr. Chen reiterated his invitation to the Pope to visit Taiwan.

In this regard, I am able to state that such a visit by the Holy Father is not being planned.