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2017-11-13 09:00
Ministry of the Interior Holds Award Ceremony for Religious Organizations
In recognition of their contribution to Taiwan's society, a total of 277 religious groups were cited and 15 religious organizations received awards of the Executive Yuan at the 2017 Award Ceremony for Religious Organizations held by the Ministry of the Interior on Sept. 1.

Expressing his compliment and gratitude to the religious organizations, Minister of the Interior Yeh Jiunn-rong encouraged all religious organizations to follow the examples of the awarded religious groups dedicating to public welfare and public education and becoming a force to change the world. In the meantime, Yeh called on the public to appreciate Taiwan's religious culture and the unselfish dedication of the religious organizations.

Minister Yeh said, 41 annual Award Ceremonies for Religious Organizations have been held since 1976 and numerous religious organization dedicating to public welfare and public education have been commended. He was most impressed to see that, responding to government policies, many religious organizations have been jointly promoting social welfare programs, including children's welfare, anti-narcotics actions and narcotics elimination, women's rights and sex equality, care for senior citizens and services to those with mental disorders or physical barriers. The "Honor Faith with Morals for a Better Tomorrow" Movement (好人好神運動), which incorporates religious beliefs and life quality, has received wide support. Many religious organizations have joined hands with the government to promote public welfare, which has won positive responses and helped elevating social morals, the minister said.

He added, the power of religion has reached in depth every corner of the society and become an important support to the government to promote social services. In times of disasters, religious organizations would rush to the scenes, bringing with them material aid and spiritual support. The love and the light of hope brought by religions have enlightened Taiwan like a lighthouse in darkness and become an important cornerstone to maintain Taiwan's social stability.

Minister Yeh also pointed out the unique historical track and humanitarian landscape of Taiwan's religious culture. In addition to the vitality demonstrated in religious celebrations, many religious organizations have built hidden spiritual sites in nature. Encouraging and assisting religious organizations to promote social welfare, the Ministry of the Interior also hopes to develop and promote Taiwan's unique religious culture as a tourism brand and to explore the religious tourism market.

The Ministry of the Interior has established the "Taiwan Religious Culture Map" website ( and developed an App. The English version of "Taiwan Religious Scenes Top 100" is completed, and the Japanese version will be available at the end of 2017. The ministry plans to present more foreign language versions to introduce Taiwan's multiple-faceted religious culture to the world.

Referring to the much concerned legislative issue regarding a Religious Groups Act, Minister Yeh said, to assist with operations and development of religious organizations, the ministry has been cautiously promoting such a bill under the fundamental principle of religious freedom. Since there are diversified opinions in the religious circle, the process to promote enactment of such a Religious Group Act is pending. The ministry will continuously exchange views with religious organizations in order to reach consensus, and with a consensus, the ministry will carry on its efforts in this regard, according to the minister.

the Executive Yuan at the 2017 Award Ceremony for Religious Organizations held by the Ministry of the Interior
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