» 03/22/2005, 00.00
On Easter night 25 new Christians to join the faith
Cardinal Kitbunchu will welcome the catechumens into the Church.
In Phuket, the Passion of Christ can be seen in the eyes of people
Catholic priest relates how Easter is being celebrated on the tsunami-stricken island. The West has forgotten what happened but locals still know how to smile. Tourism is in crisis and reconstruction only concerns big hotels. Easter mass will be followed by an inter-faith meal for Buddhists and Christians.
250 catechumens to be baptized at Easter
The reasons prompting them to embrace Catholicism differ. "Being Catholic has changed my life," said one. "The teaching of the Church has taught me how to love."
Easter in Chantaburi, where 6 Buddhists will be baptised
New converts tell their story. Easter week is seen as occassion to invite friends and acquaintances to participate in the Way of the Cross and Mass. The Catholic Church, brought to Thai soil by 1711 Vietnamese immigrants, is alive and lives Holy Week with intensity.
Asian Youth Day: Catholic, Buddhist youth from Thailand share experiences
Catholic and Buddhist youths share their hopes and experiences. Traditional respect for the family and Christian innovation remind youth of their importance and their responsibilities.
Thailand, 283 converts to receive baptism at Easter
Following the example of their friends and relatives, they have decided to take catechism classes and offer Christ "the sufferings and miseries of everyday life." AsiaNews has gathered the testimony of three believers.
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