His Holiness Pope Francis To Hold Apostolic Visit To The Kingdom Of Thailand In November

Friday November 1, 2019

SIAM LIVING By: MARICEL DIAZ Fulfilling the promise he made to visit Thailand, the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See in Thailand officially announced that His Holiness Pope Francis will go to Thailand in November. His Excellency Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Tam and His Eminence Cardinal Francis-Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij said the visit will take place on 20-23 November as a “pilgrim of peace and to promote inter-religious dialogue”. During the 4-day visit, Pope Francis will preside over two masses and pastoral visits to the Catholic communities. Thailand’s major religious practice is Buddhism but in the Thai context, there is historical evidence that Roman Catholicism was first introduced to Siam (Thailand’s former name) by Dominican missionaries in 1567 during the time when Ayutthaya was still the capital. On the side of the Holy See, the first and only Papal visit thus far was made by Saint Pope John Paul II 35 years ago. He met with Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit in Bangkok. The statue of Pope John Paull II still stands in front of Assumption Cathedral in Bangkok to commemorate the historic visit. At present, Thailand has 388,468 Catholics in the country in 11 dioceses, with a total population of some 69 million people. According to Monsignor Andrew Visanu Thanya-anan, deputy secretary of The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Thailand “everyone is welcomed to come”. His Holiness will arrive in Thailand on November 20 around noon at the Military Air Terminal 2 with an official welcome ceremony. The next day, November 21, His Holiness will meet with the Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and other government officials, authorities, civil society officials and diplomatic corps at the Government House. Then it will be at Wat Ratchabopit Sathit Maha Simaram Temple to visit the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch....... Read more on Full Issue!

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