Vatican City, Nov 27, 2019 / 02:54 am
On Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on his recent trip to Thailand and Japan, stating that economic and technological success are not what gives someone a good life, but the love he or she has received from God.
“To protect life one must love it,” he said Nov. 27, “and today the grave threat, in the most developed countries, is the loss of the sense of living.”
“Economic resources are not enough, technology is not enough, it takes the love of God the Father that Jesus Christ has given us and gives us.”
Pope Francis held his usual general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican one day after his return from a six-day visit to the Asian countries of Thailand and Japan, which he called “a gift for which I am so grateful to the Lord.”
He thanked the bishops and authorities of the two countries for their invitation to visit and for their welcome and he thanked the Thai and Japanese people.
“This visit has increased my closeness and affection for these peoples: God bless them with abundance of prosperity and peace,” he said.
Pope Francis was in Bangkok, Thailand, from Nov. 20-23, where he met the king, prime minister, authorities, and “paid tribute to the rich spiritual and cultural tradition of the Thai people, the people of the beautiful smile.”
In Thailand, he encouraged harmony between the different parts of the country and for economic development of the nation to consider the wellbeing of everyone.