Reflections on Pope Francis in Thailand – Majority Buddhist Country

Pope Francis visits the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch at Was Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram Temple,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.

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Pope Francis: ‘Thailand has long known the importance of building harmony’

Pope Francis with the Prime Minister of ThailandPope 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.”

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Pope Francis urges abolition of nuclear weapons during maiden visit to Japan

Pope Francils lays a wreat at the Hypocentre, NagasakiPope 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.

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Pope’s cousin takes star turn in Thailand as papal whisperer

 Pope Francis with his cousin, Sr. Ana Rosa Sivori of the Salesian Order

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.

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World Council of Churches celebrates the commitment of churches towards children

30 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child“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.

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Global Exchange on Religion and Society

Global Exchange on Religion and SocietyOn 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.

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