Strive for unity amid diversity, Pope Francis tells authorities in Thailand

Catholic News Agency | 11/20/2019 | Staff
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Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 20, 2019 / 07:56 pm (CNA).- In his first official speech in Thailand Thursday, Pope Francis encouraged the Thai authorities, civil society, and diplomatic corps to strive after unity, even while preserving the diversity which gives their country “soul.”

“As a multi-ethnic and diverse nation, Thailand has long known the importance of building harmony and peaceful coexistence between its numerous ethnic groups, while showing respect and appreciation for different cultures, religious groups, thoughts and ideas,” he said Nov. 21.

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“Our age,” he noted, “is marked by a globalization that is all too often viewed in narrowly economic terms, tending to erase the distinguishing features that shape the beauty and soul of our peoples.”

“Yet the experience of a unity that respects and makes room for diversity serves as an inspiration and incentive for all those concerned about the kind of world we wish to leave to our children.”

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Pope Francis spoke Nov. 21 in the Inner Santi Maitri hall of the Government House on his second day in Bangkok, Thailand, part of a six-day trip which will also include Japan.

The pope’s visit to Thailand is in commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the Vatican Mission to Siam in 1669.

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The small Catholic community in Thailand, less than 0.5% of the mostly Buddhist population, has been celebrating the anniversary throughout 2019.

In his address, Pope Francis said Thailand’s “small but vibrant Catholic community” is committed to maintaining and promoting “the distinctive characteristics of the Thai people, as evoked in your national anthem: peaceful and loving, but not cowardly.”

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He also noted the commitment of Thai Catholics to listen to the cry of their brothers and sisters who are suffering from “poverty, violence, and injustice.”

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