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Holy See delegation visits Taiwan to promote cultural exchanges

Holy See delegation visits Taiwan to promote cultural exchanges

Taipei, Feb. 3 (CNA) Archbishop Piero Marini, president of the Holy See's Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, arrived in Taiwan Wednesday on a visit to promote cultural exchanges, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The archbishop and his delegation will attend the opening ceremony for a display titled "Treasures from Heaven -- A Special Exhibition of Artifacts from the Holy See," which will be held at the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taipei, the ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

The exhibition will feature 60 artifacts from the Holy See and 10 historical documents from the museum's collection.

It will run from Feb. 5 to May 2, showcasing the culture and history of the world's largest Christian church, which has had a vast influence on the world over the past centuries, according to the museum.

The artifacts include sacred clothing and holy objects, said the museum, which houses over 600,000 pieces and has one of the largest collections of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks in the world.

The archbishop and NPM Director Feng Ming-chu are expected to speak at a news conference that will be held Thursday at the museum to unveil the artifacts in the exhibition.

During his four-day visit, the archbishop is also scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou and Foreign Minister David Lin, the foreign ministry said.

The Holy See is Taiwan's only diplomatic ally in Europe. Over the past decades, both countries have maintained cooperation in the areas of humanitarian assistance and culture.

As part of the exchanges, the Sistine Chapel Choir, the Pope's personal choir that is based in Vatican City, performed in Taiwan for the first time in September 2014. (By Elaine Hou)

Updated : 2021-08-01 05:57 GMT+08:00