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Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Kaori Kaneko

 

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Pope Francis holds prayer for workers at Mahatzana work yard in Antananarivo, Madagascar, September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/Files

 

BANGKOK/TOKYO (Reuters) - Pope Francis will visit Asia in November and will be the first pope in nearly four decades to make a trip to Thailand and Japan, Vatican sources said.

 

The pope will visit Thailand from Nov. 20 to 23 and Japan from Nov. 23 to 26.

 

Francis' trip to Japan 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, Japan's chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Friday.

 

The visit will be the first papal trip to Japan since 1981.

 

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. The late Pope John Paul visited Thailand in 1984.

 

Catholics are a tiny minority in mostly Buddhist Thailand, accounting for less than 2% of the population.

 

In announcing the Thai trip, Bangkok Archbishop Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovitvanit said the pope's full itinerary will be announced later.

 

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

 

Currently, about 1% of Japan's population is said to claim Christian belief or affiliation.

 

Christianity was first brought to Japan by Portuguese missionaries in 1549 and banned in 1614, setting in motion a period of bloody persecution that forced the faithful to choose between martyrdom or hiding their beliefs.

 

This led to the development of "Kakure Kirishitan," or Hidden Christians, who kept their religion alive in isolated parts of Japan during the 250 years of suppression that followed the ban. Some rites took on elements of Buddhist ancestor worship, Japan's indigenous Shinto religion, and folk practices such as prayers for good crops.

 

The 2016 Martin Scorsese film "Silence" is set in Nagasaki and deals with two priests who travel from Portugal to feudal Japan to search for a mentor who has gone missing and spread the Catholic faith. It's based on a novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo, who was Christian himself.

 

(Additional reporting by Elaine Lies in Tokyo; Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Michael Perry)

 

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21 minutes ago, Cadbury said:

I have an old gf in Isaan. Talking with her the other day and she says she has done a switcheroo and changed over to Catholic. She says she got sick of the grasping monks. All take and no give.

She has not yet understood how Catholic priests work, travel Pope is Thai catholic pay

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I remember working at a Saint Mary's high school a long time ago and it was all about money, slave driving and pitiful contempt for the Thais, Philly and foreign staff working there for them ... money and nothing else. There are plenty of Catholics here, just it is not advertised too much. Look no further than the huge Assumption in Siratcha, it's massive and just one of many.

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While ithinkthis pope is better than many previous, his appointment of Pell to a senior Vatican position was both questionable and seen as nothing more than removing Pell from theheatback home.

 

Pell is the perfect example of why religions are failing...And justifiably so.

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9 minutes ago, Reigntax said:

While ithinkthis pope is better than many previous, his appointment of Pell to a senior Vatican position was both questionable and seen as nothing more than removing Pell from theheatback home.

 

Pell is the perfect example of why religions are failing...And justifiably so.

I am sure the Thai monkhood has kiddie fiddlers just like the Catholics.

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Apparently his eminence heard about the free 1000bt ...

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And just when I thought Thailand was getting serous about their "Good ones in - bad ones out" immigration policy, they allow that kind of riffraff to enter.

 

Is he bringing his best friend Pell with him? Oops, I forgot. His good buddy is in jail for being a convicted pervert and destroying children's lives. 

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