Preparations underway for Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Thailand

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The silver chalice, which Pope Francis will use at mass during his visit, is displayed at the Assumption Cathedral in Bangkok, Thailand.

Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Thailand, which is scheduled from 20 to 23 November 2019, will mark the 350th anniversary of the founding of the ‘Mission de Siam’ and will promote inter-religious dialogue.

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Francis is the first pontiff to visit Thailand in nearly four decades and it will be the second papal visit to Thailand after the late John Paul II in 1984.

Catholics are a minority population with around 388,468 devotees or 0.58 percent with 524 churches in the kingdom, according to the Catholic Social Communications of Thailand.

The Pope mobile, which Pope Francis will use during his visit to Thailand is displayed outside the Assumption Cathedral in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

 

 

Photo: EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

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