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Thailand: Pope Francis arrives in Bangkok 'to strengthen bonds of friendship'

Thailand, Bangkok
November 20, 2019 at 06:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday as he begins his tour of Thailand and Japan, countries with small Christian minorities. Footage shows the head of the Roman Catholic Church being welcomed by officials and clerics at the airport's military terminal.

Ahead of the visit, the pontiff said he is traveling to Thailand and Japan 'to strengthen the bonds of friendship that we share with many Buddhist brothers and sisters.'

Pope Francis is set to speak at two public Masses in Thailand. He is also scheduled to meet King Maha Vajiralongkorn and leaders of Thailand's Buddhist community.

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Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday as he begins his tour of Thailand and Japan, countries with small Christian minorities. Footage shows the head of the Roman Catholic Church being welcomed by officials and clerics at the airport's military terminal.

Ahead of the visit, the pontiff said he is traveling to Thailand and Japan 'to strengthen the bonds of friendship that we share with many Buddhist brothers and sisters.'

Pope Francis is set to speak at two public Masses in Thailand. He is also scheduled to meet King Maha Vajiralongkorn and leaders of Thailand's Buddhist community.

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