BANGKOK — Pope Francis’ schedule in November for his Thailand visit has been revealed. The Pontiff will have a private audience with His Majesty the King, meet Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, as well as hold two masses in the capital, said the Vatican representative on Wednesday.
According to officials, the Pope will meet Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and other government officials at the Government House, along with representatives of civil society and the diplomatic corps on the morning of November 21.
After that, he will visit Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram to meet the Supreme Patriarch – Somdet Phra Ariyavongsagatanana IX, head of the Buddhist faith in Thailand.
In the afternoon, the Pope will meet King Vajiralongkorn before holding a public mass at the National Stadium.
The next day, 22 November, the Pope will hold discussions with Catholic priests and bishops in Thailand before meeting representatives from other Christian denominations. He will then hold another mass – this one for young people – at Assumption Cathedral.
“He has a heart for the youth and is forward-looking, so there is a dedicated mass for the young people,” Monsignor Wissanu Thanya-anan, deputy secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand.
Pope Francis’ scheduled trip leaving Bangkok for Tokyo is on the morning of November 23.
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