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Thailand: Catholics hold charity concert to educate poor

Cardinal Michael Michai Kitbunchu

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Thailand (CBCT) announced a charity concert to celebrate Cardinal Michael Michai Kitbunchu's 50th anniversary as Archbishop of Bangkok and 40th anniversary as a cardinal on August 19.

Bishop Joseph Chusak Sirisut, president of CBCT, and Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, the event's chairman, together with the priests and nuns present during the press conference, issued the press release.

The next concert, "To…Every Beautiful Moment (Beautiful Moments Concert)," will be held on September 30, 2023, at Mahidol Sittakan, Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom Province, central Thailand.

The event starts at 1:00 p.m. (local time) with the Catholic Fair. The concert will run from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Interested in booking tickets at Line @csctevent or following the movement at

The concert is organized to express thanks to Cardinal Kitbunchu for his long years of missionary service to the country.

The proceeds of the concert will be used to establish the "Michai Cardinal Fund," promoting and supporting the vocation of education, helping poor children, and preaching the good news in various dimensions.

On August 19, together with the press release, the mini-concert attracted many Catholic artists and singers.

Many of the songs that are familiar in Catholic church services or that are sung to promote the faith will be interpreted in a meaningful and quality performance by Mr. Manluck Tumkanon.

Mr. Ko Saxman is tasked with overseeing the entire music sector, and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra will play along with the Sound of Siam hybrid ensemble, with choirs from Catholic choirs and singers from various Catholic schools.

In addition to the singing performance, a stage director like Khun Natthaphong will give talks about the life of Cardinal Kitbunchu. Wongkaew Pairoj is to direct the show, and Khun Petch Phaopetch is to play the role of Cardinal Michael Michai Kitbunchu, considered to be a combination of the best skills. It is also a new dimension to learn about Cardinals and Christianity at the same time.

For those who enter, in addition to the concert, they will also find a variety of shops and services from Catholic entrepreneurs from all 11 parishes in Thailand.

It will also be the first Catholic Fair, another atmosphere of Catholic business gatherings that doesn't happen very often.

The oldest cardinal in Asia is Kijbunchu, the 94-year-old Archbishop Emeritus of Bangkok. He has spent 63 years as a priest, 50 years as a bishop, and 40 years as a cardinal.

He was born on January 25, 1929, in Sam Phran, a district of Thailand’s Nakhon Pathom province, to a family of Chinese descent.

His mother converted to Catholicism following his grandfather's marriage to a local when he immigrated from China.

He was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Bangkok on December 29, 1959, was made a bishop on June 3, 1973, and was made a cardinal on February 2, 1983. On May 14, 2009, he stepped down as Bangkok's archbishop. - Santosh Digal


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