Taiwan   authorities   awarded  two  US  Missionaries  Fr. Alan  Doyle (80years old)  and  Sr.Mary  Paul  Watts (83years )  with  its citizenship.  The  citizenship  is  given  to  them  as  a  form  of  honoring  the  two   missionaries  for  their  immense  contribution  to  Taiwan  since  ages. Fr.Doyle  has  been  residing  in  Taiwan  for  53 years   and  has  been  supporting  the  society  there  with  his  tremendous  service  to  develop  the  Hoklo,  Taiwan  language  for  more  than  half  century.  He  has  helped  the  poor  farmers  to  take  up  loans  and  also  helped  in  solving  the  unemployed   young   people  the  country.

 While  Sr.Mary  Paul  Watts  served  the  country,  by  her  hospital  St.Martin  De  Porris,  of  which  she  is  the  founder  and  the  chairwoman.  She  has  also  founded  two  more  medical  facilities  for  the  poor  patients  in  the  country.  As  reported  by  the  ucanews,  Father  Alan  Doyle  while  receiving  the  citizenship  commented  that,  “ I  am  a  genuine  Taiwanese!”

 The  amendment  to  the  law  allowed  these  missionaries  to  receive  the  citizenship  of  Taiwan  without  losing  their  own  nationality  as  an  honor  for  their  valuable  contribution  to  the  country  all  these  years.

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