» 01/09/2008, 00.00
Catholics mourn the loss of Princess Galyani Vadhana
The princess was the sister of King Anandhamahidol (Rama VIII) and King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), on the throne since 1946. She played a key role in the country’s development, especially of its remotest areas. Bishops and faithful remember her.
Thai Church honours the memory of the late Princess Galyani Vadhana
Masses and prayers are held in all of the country’s dioceses for one of the most beloved members of the royal family who passed away last 2 January. The archbishop of Bangkok stresses her commitment to the Thai people and the many initiatives she personally promoted. A Catholic government official remembers her profound respect for Catholic places of worship.
Buddhists are impressed by the spirituality of the Requiem for Princess Galyani Vadhana
Cardinal Kitbunchu celebrates a solemn Requiem Mass in Bangkok’s cathedral for the soul of the late princess. Buddhist monks present at the function are surprised by its spirituality; they urge Catholics not to feel like a minority in the country.
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