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Papal Massgoers asked to make own arrangements

Organizers have booked a smaller stadium near the main one because of the rush for seats

ucanews reporter, Bangkok

ucanews reporter, Bangkok

Updated: November 14, 2019 02:49 AM GMT
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Papal Massgoers asked to make own arrangements

Bangkok’s Assumption Cathedral will host a papal Mass on Nov. 22 for 1,500 young people. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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Visitors to Thailand wishing to attend Pope Francis’ Mass in Bangkok need to make their own arrangements, says Malaysia’s ambassador to Thailand.

Ambassador Datuk Jojie Samuel said only a limited number of seats are available for the Nov. 21 papal Mass at Supachalasai National Stadium in Bangkok.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand, the chief organizers of the Mass, has expressed an inability to allocate seats to dioceses outside Thailand, The Straits Times reported Samuel as saying.

The national stadium can seat 35,000 people. However, expecting more people, the organizers have readied Thephasadin Stadium, which is next to the national stadium and can seat 6,500 people.

Pope Francis will move through Thephasadin Stadium in a popemobile before arriving at the national stadium for the Mass.

The papal Mass will be telecast through giant LED screens to help people participate.

Samuel said a few thousand people from neighboring countries are expected to travel to Thailand for the papal visit. However, he could not ascertain the number of Malaysians because visitors are making their own arrangements.

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in Bangkok on Nov. 20 before he leaves for Japan on Nov. 23 for a three-day visit.

A papal Mass on Nov. 22 in Bangkok’s Assumption Cathedral is meant for 1,500 young people from across Thailand.

Christians account for less than one percent of Thailand’s 68 million people, of whom 90 percent are Buddhists.

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