Taiwan donates electric bicycles to the Holy See

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Michael Czerny (left) and Fabio Baggio (right)

Michael Czerny (left) and Fabio Baggio (right)

The Vatican, July 3 (CNA) Taiwan's embassy to the Holy See has donated two Taiwanese electric bicycles to the Vatican to promote its green energy industry.

The donation was made to the Section for Migrants and Refugees of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and the section's managers, Fathers Fabio Baggio and Michael Czerny, accepted the bicycles at a ceremony Monday.

Taiwanese electric bicycles are of very good quality, Czerny said, and he fully intends to ride them to and from work.

He also pledged to show the eco-friendly two-wheelers to other church members as he rides through the streets and alleyways of Rome, Czerny said.

Taiwan's Ambassador to the Holy See Matthew Lee (李世明) said that in the Laudato si', an encyclical letter, Pope Francis hoped that countries will pay attention to protecting the environment and developing green energy.

In response to the Pope's appeal, Taiwan's embassy has donated Taiwanese electric bicycles to members of the Holy See two years in a row, hoping to contribute to a better environment, Lee said.

The first donation was made in August last year by Taiwanese automobile repair plant Daw Cheng Automobile Industry Co. while the donation this year was sponsored by scooter and motorcycle manufacturing company Kwang Yang Motor Co. (KYMCO).

Baggio said he used to ride KYMCO motorcycles to get around when he was preaching in the Philippines, and he was surprised to now be able to ride a KYMCO electric bicycle after returning to the Holy See.

(By Huang Ya-shih and William Yen)

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