POPE FRANCIS' VISIT TO THAILAND AND JAPAN

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Pope Francis concludes Asia visit, urges Christians to protect life

The great religions teach tolerance, harmony, and mercy, not fear, division, and conflict, he told Japanese youth

Pope Francis pays tribute to Japanese martyrs

Pope urged the people of Japan never to forget their heroic sacrifice

Pope calls for international unity against weapons of mass destruction

In a world where millions live in inhumane conditions there’s no excuse to squander money on such destructive weapons, pope said

The Filipino fighting for a Japanese samurai’s sainthood

As Pope Francis visits Japan, an 83-year-old Filipino historian is hoping the pontiff will recognize a Japanese samurai who once offered his life for...

Pope cites Church’s ‘apostolic approach’ to Japanese culture

Catholics in Japan are a minority, but this must not diminish the commitment to evangelization, pope tells bishops

Pope Francis calls attention to increasing rates of suicide in Japan

The pontiff told Japanese bishops that the lives of the country's young people need special care and protection

From all over the world, they came to see the pope

Seeing the pope up close was "a rare life experience" for Alexis Yu and his family from the central Philippine city of Tacloban. They went...

Pope asks youth to keep their faith burning

Without a firm sense of faith, young people can easily be swayed by the voices of this world, he said during homily

Filipino missionaries in Thailand accept pope’s challenge

Pontiff told them to find new ways in delivering the Good News

Pope tells Asian bishops to be servants, not managers

The pope told the bishops to be unafraid to take to the streets and come face to face with the people in their care

Pope tells priests, religious to find new ways to talk about...

He urged local church leaders to seek new ways to transmit the Word capable of awakening the desire to know the Lord

Photos capture papal Mass attended by thousands

Tens of thousands at stadium Mass, a highlight of the pope’s four-day visit to the kingdom

Pope tells Catholics to be ‘beggars,’ not mercenaries

Pope Francis said the early missionaries did not see the Thai people as pagans but as brothers and sisters

Healing needs the restoration of human dignity, pope tells Catholic medicos

They were told their commitment to healthcare goes far beyond the simple and praiseworthy practice of medicine

Pope tells young people to work hard, aim high

Pope Francis said those who falter must always have the strength to get up and carry on going forward

Work trumps religion in Japan, Oblate priest says

Catholics in Japan are a minute minority, numbering around 536,000, or just 0.42 percent of the population. But that won’t prevent them from welcoming Pope Francis...

Pope calls for global action on protection of migrants

Pontiff praises Thai govt for efforts to fight human trafficking

Pope calls on Japanese people to protect life

Japan is well aware of the suffering caused by war, pope says in message prior to visit

Catholics urged to pray for success of pope’s journey

The Catholic presence in Thailand dates back to 1567 when the Dominicans arrived

Buddhist Thailand offers Pope Francis warm welcome

Thailand's church leaders describe the head of the Catholic Church as a ‘pilgrim for peace’

‘Pope of the margins’ to shine Church’s role in Asian societies

Pope Francis follows the tradition of St. Paul who traveled to encourage and evangelize small Christian communities

Small in numbers, Thai Catholics preserve centuries-old traditions

Historians say more than 70 percent of Catholics in Thailand have foreign ancestry

Thai Catholics wait in anticipation ahead of visit by Pope Francis

Pope’s three-day visit to the Southeast Asian kingdom begins Nov. 20

Japan’s ageing ‘Hidden Christians’ fear they may be their religion’s last...

Hidden Christians have garnered fresh attention ahead of Pope Francis's visit to Japan

Pope sends Thailand a message of affection prior to his visit

Thailand has worked hard to promote harmony and peaceful coexistence, pope says

360-degree video shows Thailand’s popemobile up close

Interact with the video that shows up close the pope’s vehicle during his visit

Thai nuns work round the clock to weave up robes for...

Skilled seamstresses at convent in Bangkok working hard to ensure more than 200 robes and handmade hats are finished in time for the papal visit

Pope Francis to reunite with cousin on visit to Thailand

In a remote Catholic school in Thailand, Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, 77, kneels in a chapel to pray at the beginning of the school...

Catholics in Thailand, Japan release songs for papal visit

Catholics in Thailand and Japan have both released theme songs ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to their respective countries later this month.   In Thailand, Catholic...

A concise history of Catholicism in Thailand

As of 2018, there are 379,975 Catholics in Thailand, a figure that represents 0.46 percent of the total population of 69 million.

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