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The Pope warns globalization and technology produces & # 39; a cultural devastation & # 39;

The Pope warns globalization and technology produces & # 39; a cultural devastation & # 39;

  • Pope Francis warns of the loss of cultural individuality that is just as serious as the extinction of species
  • The 82-year-old religious leader appeals to young people to preserve their culture
  • The Pontiff's comments were made on the last day of his visit to Thailand

Pope Francis warned Friday that technology and globalization homogenized young people around the world to the point where their uniqueness and cultural individuality became endangered species.

& # 39; This is causing a cultural devastation that is just as serious as the disappearance of species of animals and plants & # 39 ;, he said.

The 82-year-old pope appealed to young people to hold on to the cultures passed on by their ancestors and to nurture their roots at a meeting of leaders of other religions while completing the last full day of his visit to Thailand.

Pope Francis gives communion during a holy mass at Assumption Cathedral in Bangkok on November 22, 2019

Pope Francis gives communion during a holy mass at Assumption Cathedral in Bangkok on November 22, 2019

Pope Francis called on young people to preserve their own culture during a visit to the majority-Buddhist Southeast Asian nation

Pope Francis called on young people to preserve their own culture during a visit to the majority-Buddhist Southeast Asian nation

Pope Francis called on young people to preserve their own culture during a visit to the majority-Buddhist Southeast Asian nation

He considered a & # 39; growing tendency to discredit local values ​​and cultures by imposing a unity model & # 39; for values ​​for young people, apparently referring to Western influences from films, advertising and social media.

The preservation of the local culture was also a theme of a Friday visit to the predominantly Catholic village of Wat Roman on the outskirts of Bangkok, where he encouraged contemporary Thais not to regard Christianity as a & # 39; strange & # 39; to consider religion.

Thailand's dominant culture is closely related to Buddhism, although the Catholic minority of less than 1% was generally treated well in modern times.

In a speech with priests and nuns who had gathered in the village church, Francis paid tribute to the dead who were killed because of their belief in the past.

Among them were seven Catholics, including three teenage girls, who were murdered by the Thai police in 1940 in the northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom.

Pope Francis greets the congratulations of the pope mobile when he arrives at the Cathedral of the Assumption to celebrate a holy mass in Bangkok, Thailand

Pope Francis greets the congratulations of the pope mobile when he arrives at the Cathedral of the Assumption to celebrate a holy mass in Bangkok, Thailand

Pope Francis greets the congratulations of the pope mobile when he arrives at the Cathedral of the Assumption to celebrate a holy mass in Bangkok, Thailand

Pope Francis greets Thai and foreign Catholics in the Saint Peter's Church in the province of Nakhon Pathom

Pope Francis greets Thai and foreign Catholics in the Saint Peter's Church in the province of Nakhon Pathom

Pope Francis greets Thai and foreign Catholics in the Saint Peter's Church in the province of Nakhon Pathom

The Second World War and other spells are considered aberrations and nowadays the relationships between Buddhists and Catholics are generally very good.

During the reign of the Thai king Narai 350 years ago, the Vatican formally established his & # 39; Mission de Siam & # 39 ;.

Although missionaries failed to achieve mass conversions, they were largely tolerated by the Buddhist majority, and in particular the royal court.

Since the beginning of his pontificate in 2013, Francis has preached that the church must grow through attraction and not through conversion or conversion campaigns.

This has provoked criticism from some conservatives who are in favor of an aggressive approach and largely oppose what are known as & # 39; inculturation & # 39 ;, or adaptation of the church's teaching to local culture.

Francis urged priests and nuns to find more ways to talk about their religion in local terms, and said he had learned & with some pain that Christianity is a foreign belief for many people, a religion for foreigners & # 39 ;.

Pope Francis preaches during a visit to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok

Pope Francis preaches during a visit to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok

Pope Francis preaches during a visit to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok

Pope Francis meets religious leaders at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok

Pope Francis meets religious leaders at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok

Pope Francis meets religious leaders at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok

He added: & # 39; Let faith be given a Thai face and meat, which means much more than making translations. & # 39;

He later met Thai bishops in the same sanctuary complex and spoke again on issues such as human trafficking and exploitation.

On Thursday, he condemned the exploitation of women and children for prostitution in Thailand, which is notorious for sex tourism, and says that the violence, abuse and slavery that they suffer is to be uprooted.

Francis leaves for Japan on Friday, where the main purpose of his journey is to call for the worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons when he visits the World War II atomic bomb sites in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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