Cathedral welcomes Archbishop of Bangkok
On Tuesday 16 November, a celebration took place to welcome Mgr Francis Xavier Kriengsak, Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailand) to Mullingar.
The Archbishop visited the Diocese of Meath to say thanks to the primary schools who are supporting schools for Burmese migrant children. The Archbishop is head of the Church in Thailand which is one of the main supporters of migrants from Burma who have left their country due to poverty and sometimes persecution. Currently there are more than 600,000 migrants from Burma in Bangkok alone and they are supported by Archbishop Kriengsak's work.
There are 10 primary schools in Meath Diocese which are part of a twinning project with schools for Burmese migrants, including St Colmcille's NS, Gainstown.
With Burma being in the news after the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, there is alot of interest in the schools in the plight of children from that country.
After Archbishop Kriengsak celebrated Mass in the Cathedral, he spent some time with the sixth class children from St Colmcille's, Gainstown. Later he had a meeting with the principals and some of the teachers from each of the 10 schools involved in the schools project.