- Jan 25, 2020
Pope Francis told Jesuits in Thailand he was “scandalized” by some of the anti-migrant rhetoric he hears in Europe, and he is convinced people are being manipulated into thinking the only way they can preserve their lifestyles is by building walls.
Speaking to people from 18 different religions on Friday, Pope Francis said that the complex challenges of the world today – including globalization, the rapid advances of technology and the persistence of civil conflicts resulting in migration, refugees, famine and war – makes the need for cooperation between religions all the more pressing.
Sister Ana Rosa Sivori has taken something of a star turn during her second cousin’s visit to Thailand, assuming an unprecedented role for a woman as papal whisperer and translator, who doesn’t seem fazed that her charge is Pope Francis.
“Let us give the faith a Thai face and flesh, which involves much more than making translations,” Pope Francis said. “It’s about letting the Gospel be stripped of fine but foreign garb.”
Speaking to some 60,000 members of Thailand’s tiny Catholic community, Pope Francis on Thursday called them to be missionary disciples, explaining that being a “mercenary of the faith” does not compel others to convert.
During a visit to the St. Louis Hospital, the largest Catholic healthcare facility in Thailand, Pope Francis said that those who suffer an illness are allowed to cry out in pain, as Christ himself did, while at the same time praying for the comforting and helping hand that reveals the presence of God who is always there.