Pope Francis wants to visit Thailand (video)

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francis yingluckPope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Thailand, the Thai government said on September 12. The invitation was extended to the Pope by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during her visit to the Vatican on the same day.

Yingluck was the first Thai prime minister to visit the Holy See in Rome since 1955 when Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsonggram, who was prime minister and virtual military dictator of Thailand from 1938 to 1944 and 1948 to 1957, met Pope Pius XII.

There are an estimated 370,000 Catholics in Thailand. About 90 per cent of Thailand’s population of 65 million people are Buddhists.

During the meeting Yingluck and the Pope talked about the relationship between Thailand and the Catholic Church, stressing that working together has “proved extremely successful” when it comes to the country’s education and social assistance programmes.

The Thai Prime Minister gave the Pope a set of fine-jewelled candle holders. Pope Francis gave her a pen that resembles the design of St. Peter’s  altar columns.

As they said farewell, the Pope said a few words in English, asking the prime minister for a favour.

“Please, pray for me. God to bless you.”

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Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Thailand, the Thai government said on September 12. The invitation was extended to the Pope by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during her visit to the Vatican on the same day.

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francis yingluckPope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Thailand, the Thai government said on September 12. The invitation was extended to the Pope by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during her visit to the Vatican on the same day.

Yingluck was the first Thai prime minister to visit the Holy See in Rome since 1955 when Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsonggram, who was prime minister and virtual military dictator of Thailand from 1938 to 1944 and 1948 to 1957, met Pope Pius XII.

There are an estimated 370,000 Catholics in Thailand. About 90 per cent of Thailand’s population of 65 million people are Buddhists.

During the meeting Yingluck and the Pope talked about the relationship between Thailand and the Catholic Church, stressing that working together has “proved extremely successful” when it comes to the country’s education and social assistance programmes.

The Thai Prime Minister gave the Pope a set of fine-jewelled candle holders. Pope Francis gave her a pen that resembles the design of St. Peter’s  altar columns.

As they said farewell, the Pope said a few words in English, asking the prime minister for a favour.

“Please, pray for me. God to bless you.”

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