Catholic devotees in Thailand be a part of choir for go to of Pope Francis


BANGKOK (Information) – A choir fashioned of Catholic devotees coaching to affix the church in Thailand had been rehearsing on Saturday forward of the go to of Pope Francis subsequent week.

A nun and college students sing in a Catholic church forward of Pope Francis’ go to to Thailand, in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand November 16, 2019. Information/Soe Zeya Tun

The choir will carry out for the pope at St. Peter’s parish in Nakhon Pathom province, about 56 km (35 miles) west of Bangkok, throughout his journey to the dominion from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23.

It’s the first papal go to to Thailand for the reason that late Pope John Paul toured the area in 1984.

“I’m actually excited as a result of I’ve by no means seen the true pope earlier than,” mentioned 18-year-old choir member Yowanna Nueajeen. “I solely see him on TV. I really feel actually overwhelmed and I would shed some tears whereas singing.”

The 61-strong choir will carry out songs with lyrics about following Christ and devoting lives to him, mentioned conductor Sister Pornthip Trakunkasemsiri.

“We’re singing these songs [to the pope] to let him know that we are going to be following his footsteps,” she mentioned.

“I really feel fairly nervous as a result of loads of the singers are within the choir for the primary time and have by no means sung at massive occasions equivalent to this one. However I’m sure they are going to pull by means of.”

Chatri Buddeeduang, 50, one other choir singer, mentioned he’s delighted in regards to the pope’s go to to Thailand and that he was chosen to affix the choir.

“I’m undecided when a pope will likely be visiting Thailand once more,” he mentioned. “It makes me actually proud to be born on this nation as a Catholic.”

Pope Francis will meet King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the supreme Buddhist patriarch, in addition to Catholic leaders and college students, earlier than transferring on to Japan.

Wrtiting by Orathai Sriring; enhancing by Mike Harrison