Thailand celebrates birthday of Catholic-educated Queen Sirikit

August 15, 2013

According to Catholic News Agency:

Catholics in Thailand are joining in prayer to celebrate the 81st birthday of Queen Sirikit…which is celebrated as both a national holiday and Mother’s Day in the country.

More than 250 Catholic schools and institutions also gathered with thousands of students and parents to pray and show respect for the queen.

Catholics compose less than one percent of the population in Thailand….

[The] vicar general for the Archdiocese of Bangkok…said “The queen was educated at St. Francis Xavier Convent School in Bangkok, and some of the royal families have studied in our Catholic institutions.”

The queen herself is a Buddhist.

Photograph of Bhumibol and Sirikit of Thailand on their wedding 28 April 1950

Photograph of Bhumibol and Sirikit of Thailand on their wedding 28 April 1950

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