[ti:Pope Arrives in Thailand]
[00:00.04]Pope Francis is visiting Thailand to support the country's small Roman Catholic community.
[00:07.54]His three-day stay will be followed by a similar visit to Japan.
[00:14.08]The pope plans to discuss human trafficking, peacemaking and other subjects.
[00:21.20]Francis is expected to express love and respect for Thailand's Catholics.
[00:29.40]Their ancestors brought the religion to the widely Buddhist nation.
[00:35.76]The pope was greeted when he arrived Wednesday morning by Thai official Surayud Chulanont.
[00:43.26]Surayud heads King Maha Vajiralongkorn's Privy Council and is a former prime minister.
[00:52.56]The pope also visited with a small group of children in traditional Thai clothing.
[01:00.04]And he received a military welcome.
[01:04.28]While he is in the area, Francis plans to meet with Thai officials,
[01:10.53]all the Catholic bishops of Asia and the leader of Buddhism in Thailand.
[01:17.10]Francis has made the fight against human trafficking a major aim of his leadership.
[01:24.36]He is expected to raise this issue in Thailand,
[01:28.08]which is a key place along the path of human trafficking, forced labor and the sex trade.
[01:36.80]Francis is marking the 350th anniversary
[01:40.84]of the creation of official Catholic offices in Thailand, known then as Siam.
[01:48.75]He is to lead a religious service at the National Stadium.
[01:53.67]Tens of thousands of Thai Catholics are expected to attend.
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