Taiwan    PRESIDENT CALLS ON VATICAN TO WORK FOR DEMOCRATIC MAINLAND
Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui says the Republic of China and the Vatican should join hands to strive for freedom and democracy in mainland China and other parts of the world.
   In a letter to Pope John Paul II on 8 February, Lee said he wished that dialogue between the two sides of the Strait of Taiwan will resume soon and mainland China will move toward democratization so that China can be reunified under a democratic system some day.
   He bemoaned that communism still prevails in mainland China and that the Catholic Church there is still divided. Lee, a Presbyterian, asked for prayers from the Holy Father and the people of Taiwan so that the people of mainland China can enjoy freedom of religion once again.
   
UCAN 14/2/00

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