POPE FRANCIS ENDS THAI VISIT WITH CALL ON YOUTH TO PRESERVE ROOTS

LINDA KHOO HUI LI

 

BANGKOK, Nov 22 (Bernama) – Pope Francis today called on young people to continue to preserve the cultures and roots of their ancestors.

He said the approach demand involvement of educational institutions, research and knowledge to help open new paths to reduce inequality, strengthen social justice, uphold human dignity, seek means for the peaceful resolution of conflicts, and to preserve the life-giving resources of our earth.

“This ensures that you preserve the roots necessary so that your people do not lose their bearings by following certain slogans that end up emptying and mortgaging the soul of new generations,” he said when meeting Christian Leaders and Leaders of Other Religions at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University here today.

Francis said mutual respect, esteem and cooperation is needed to face the world filled with complex challenges such as economic and financial globalisation and the tragic persistence of civil conflicts resulting in movements of migration, refugees, famine and war.

“(These challenges) remind us that no region or sector of the human family can look to itself or its future in isolation from or immune to others.

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“Now is the time to be bold and envision the logic of encounter and mutual dialogue as the path, common cooperation as the code of conduct, and reciprocal knowledge as a method and standard,” he said.

The 82-year-old pope arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday to kick start his seven-day Asian tour to the kingdom and Japan.

The pontiff wrapped up the last full day of his visit to Thailand by leading a mass with young people at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Bangkok.

He is scheduled to leave for Japan tomorrow where he will visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

 

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