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Pope expected to make Thailand visit in November - sources

 

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FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis listens to a performance before holding the traditional Corpus Christi feast Mass in Rome, Italy June 23, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo

 

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis is expected to make an official trip to Thailand in November ahead of an already announced visit to Japan, becoming the first pontiff in nearly four decades to go to either country, Vatican sources say.

 

The three sources said the trip would be announced soon.

 

The late Pope John Paul visited Japan in 1981 and Thailand in 1984.

 

Francis' trip to Japan, which he announced himself in January, will take him to Tokyo as well as the two cities hit by U.S. atomic bombs at the end of World War Two - Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

 

The trip to the two countries where Catholics are a tiny minority accounting for less than half of one percent of the population, is expected to last about seven days and start around Nov. 20.

 

Thailand is predominantly Buddhist and Japan is mostly Buddhist and Shinto.

 

The trip is part of Francis' push to increase dialogue with other religions in order to promote world peace.

 

The stop in Thailand will coincide with the 350th anniversary of the founding of the "Mission de Siam" by Pope Clement IX to oversee missions in Siam, the former name of Thailand.

 

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Ros Russell)

 

 

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Have a pleasant journey...your eminence

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Cool. I like Popes. I saw one in NYC.

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Bet he goes over to Santa Cruz over near Wat Prayun. There is a mosque over there too and Wat Arun is only about a klick away up the road. Totally cooler. 

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Oh man, if he would visit Ubon (very large population of Vietnamese-descended Catholics), my girlfriend's mother (mid-80s, and getting on...) would be able to die a very happy woman.

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2 minutes ago, Chou Anou said:

Oh man, if he would visit Ubon (very large population of Vietnamese-descended Catholics), my girlfriend's mother (mid-80s, and getting on...) would be able to die a very happy woman.

I always considered Vietnamese and Filipinos to be very serious Catholics.

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2 minutes ago, Nyezhov said:

I always considered Vietnamese and Filipinos to be very serious Catholics.

Definitely. In the case of my GF's family, the Catholic part comes from her great-grandfather, an undocumented immigrant from Vietnam. The family lost the Vietnamese language a long time ago, but held on quite strongly to the religion.

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"No. If you no hab twenty thousan', cannot. You go home now!"

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I wonder will he be bringing the Popemobile with him. Knowing Thailand's road safety record it might be better if he didn't.

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