Ok, this is getting ridiculous. Now this is like adding acid to the wound. It is practically one per day....they better hurry or the recipients will die out!
Taipei, July 12 (CNA) Austrian priest Gutheinz Luis (古寒松神父), who has devoted himself to helping sufferers of Hansen's disease for 43 years, received Republic of China citizenship on Wednesday.
"I was born to love Taiwan. I'm a Taiwanese," he said.
Deputy New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) presented Father Luis with the National ID card in recognition of his selfless devotion, praising him as "an angel," who has dedicated his life to looking after those afflicted with Hansen's disease.
"If I had my life over again, I would still come to Taiwan to serve these kind patients," he said.
Nearly 120 people were on hand to witness the ceremony, including Lo Fong-ping (羅鳳蘋), wife of Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), former patients from Losheng Sanatorium and staff from Fu Jen Catholic University.
The sanatorium used to house Hansen's disease patients. In the past when the disease was untreatable they were hidden away in the sanatorium, often forsaken by their family and friends. For many years Father Luis reassured the patients they were part of society and not alone in their suffering, treating them as family.
Luis, born in Austria in 1933, came to Taiwan in 1974 and first taught at Fu Jen Catholic University before devoting himself to the service of Hansen's disease patients at the Losheng Sanatorium 43 years ago.
Father Luis recalled that when he first visited the sanatorium, he saw about a dozen patients cramped into a small room, in an environment that resembled a living hell.
At the age of 83, Father Luis continues to teach at the Facaulty of Theology at Fu Jen Catholic University and remains devoted to the Hansen's disease patients
We were joking that we are going to write a template and just fill in the blanks of bname and dates to publish this kind of news.