» 05/04/2009, 00.00
Chiang Mai celebrates ordination of Mgr Arphonrat
The new bishop replaces 74-year-old Mgr Surasarang who resigned for health reasons. The ceremony was presided by the archbishop of Bangkok with 5,000 participants from across the country, including some in traditional dress from the northern highlands. A Buddhist leader sends his best wishes to the new bishop, hoping for joint efforts at promoting harmony among the faithful.
For Chiang Mai bishop, young people are the key to evangelisation in Thailand
The country’s northernmost diocese is very promising in terms of conversions, especially among tribals seeking a better life. Housed in several Church-run facilities, thousands of young people are helped in their studies. Evangelisation includes fighting the scourge of drugs and consumerism.
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.
Church remembers John Paul II’s historic visit
Yesterday and today celebrations take place to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Polish pope’s trip to Thailand. In Bangkok cathedral, Benedict XVI’s special envoy Cardinal Zen celebrates solemn Mass. Prelate is joined by 23 priests ordained in 1984 by John Paul II.
In Bangkok Christians and Buddhists remember Chiara Lubich
The memory of Chiara Lubich, who passed away on 14 March, lives on among people. Even in Thailand Christians and Buddhists remember her with joy, inspired by her faith and works.
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.
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