ASIA/TAIWAN - Catholic parish in Kaohsiung contrary to expropriation of churchbuildings and land ordered by the government

Saturday, 1 December 2018 local churches   economy  


Kaohsiung (Agenzia Fides) - Taiwan – Hundreds of parishioners , together with the Vincentian priests of the Catholic church in Kaohsiung dedicated to St Vincent de Paul, took part in demonstrations to oppose the confiscation of parish property ordered on 30 November by the government of Taiwan. "Our demonstration” Fides was told by Rev Rindo Karippai “intends to oppose a government supported plan to replace parish property with apartments for wealthy people”. The political authorities want to move the parish to another area and use the land for residential and commercial centres.
The parishioners demonstrated in front of the parish. “The government must show respect for church communities. They cannot use force to take control of land on which there is a place of worship” a participant in the protest told Fides. (SD) (Agenzia Fides 1/12/2018)