Pope granted audiences with Thai King and Supreme Patriarch

Pope Francis waves upon his arrival for the weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday. (AP photo). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.


BANGKOK, Oct 3, 2019, Bangkok Post. Pope Francis will have audiences with His Majesty the King and the Supreme Patriarch during his three-day visit to Thailand next month, reported the Bangkok Post.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand (CBCT) said on Wednesday the pontiff will have an audience with the King at Amphorn Palace on Nov 21. The audience will follow a meeting with the Supreme Patriarch at Wat Ratchbophit.

Pope Francis will arrive in Bangkok from Rome on Nov 20 and leave for Tokyo on Nov 23.

Another highlight of the pontiff’s visit will be a holy mass at the National Stadium on Nov 21. A second mass, this one with 1,500 Christian youths from across Thailand, will be held at the Cathedral of the Assumption on Nov 22.

CBCT spokesman Chainarong Monthienvichienchai said at a press conference held simultaneously in Bangkok and Vatican City that Thai Christians who want to attend the Holy Mass can register at churches nationwide in advance.

“There will be quotas for every church. For people who cannot get inside the stadium, we will set up a big screen outside for them to observe the ceremony,” he said.

Pope Francis will be the first pontiff to visit Thailand in nearly four decades. The last trip was made by Pope John Paul II in 1984 during which he had an audience with HM King Rama IX and Queen Sirikit.

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