Pope Francis visited “the land of interreligious dialogue” – Thailand – from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23 as “a pilgrim of peace, to foster the building of bridges for peace and understanding”. Msgr. Andrew Vissanu Thanya-anan, the general coordinator of the papal visit and deputy secretary general of the Thailand bishops’ conference, reflects on the significance of the Pope’s visit to Thailand.
Pope Francis gave an address to members of government, civil and religious leaders, and diplomatic corps at Government House, Bangkok, Thailand on 21 November 2019. In his address, the Pope remarked, “Our age is marked by globalization that is all too often viewed in narrowly economic terms, tending to erase the distinguishing features that shape the beauty and soul of our peoples.”
Pope Francis has urged for the abolition of nuclear weapons, saying their mere possession is perverse and indefensible. On his maiden visit to Japan, the Pope spoke on Sunday (local time) at Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park, ground zero of the bomb the United States dropped on August 9, 1945, instantly killing 27,000 people.
BANGKOK (AP) — She made him wait for her while she chatted with Thailand’s king and queen. She chided him for only visiting Bangkok and not the “real Thailand.” And she got a chuckle out of “Jorge” when she took her time translating his off-the-cuff Spanish for local priests and nuns to understand.
Sister Ana Rosa Sivori has taken something of a star turn during her second cousin’s visit to Thailand, assuming an unprecedented role for a woman as papal whisperer and translator, who doesn’t seem fazed that her charge is Pope Francis.
“Churches can help respond to the urgent demands of the children who march in the streets for our planet,” said moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee, Dr Agnes Abuom, during the Executive Committee celebratory break marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.
Japanese Emperor Naruhito has performed an elaborate and secretive ritual dating back 1,300 years, giving thanks to the sun goddess Amaterasu as part of his enthronement rites.
On September 6th Ms Federica Mogherini announced a new EU-sponsored ‘Global Exchange on Religion in Society’, which should be operational in the first half of 2020: the goal is to connect and empower civil society actors who are working on faith and social inclusion.
A new publication, The Sustainability Book offers online texts and resources about the Sustainable Development Goals for use by congregations, gatherings, and individuals.
World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed great hopes for the success of the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, which has begun its work this week.
After the front of Kowloon Mosque was sprayed with blue dye by police water cannons, Hong Kong residents volunteered to clean it up.