Pope Francis asks priests, religious in Thailand to inculturate the Gospel

Catholic News Agency | 11/22/2019 | Staff
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Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 21, 2019 / 09:21 pm (CNA).- In a meeting with priests and religious in Thailand Friday, Pope Francis urged an inculturation of the Gospel which allows it to have a “Thai face and flesh,” and not be seen as a religion only for foreigners.

“Let us not be afraid to continue inculturating the Gospel,” he said Nov. 22 in St. Peter Parish in the district of Sam Phran to the west of Bangkok.

Ways - Word - Ways - Desire - Lord

“We need to seek new ways of transmitting the word, ways that are capable of mobilizing and awakening a desire to know the Lord,” he said, adding that he was saddened to learn that for many people in Thailand, Christianity is “a foreign faith, a religion for foreigners.”

“This should spur us to find ways to confess the faith ‘in dialect,’ like a mother who sings lullabies to her child,” he urged. “With that same intimacy, let us give faith a Thai face and flesh.”

Translations - Gospel - Garb - Music - Land

It is about more than making translations, he said, “it is about letting the Gospel be stripped of fine but foreign garb; to let it ‘sing’ with the native music of this land and inspire the hearts of our brothers and sisters with the same beauty that set our own hearts on fire.”

He added that it is “vital that the Church today be able to proclaim the Gospel to all, in all places, on all occasions, without hesitation and without fear.”

Francis - Priests - Seminarians - Catechists - Nuns

Francis met with priests, seminarians, catechists, and consecrated and religious, including cloistered nuns, on his second full day in Thailand, part of a six-day trip to Asia. He will fly to Japan Nov. 23.

After the meeting, the pope will walk to meet Thailand’s bishops in the nearby shrine to Blessed Nicolas Bunkerd Kitbamrung, a Thai priest who died in 1944 due to three...
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