Papal relics arrive in Pattaya

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Pattaya-area Roman Catholics are celebrating the arrival of two statues of former, now-sainted, popes.

Rev. Peter Suraporn Suwichakorn and assistant Rev. John Baptist Nuphan Thasmalee received the figures of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II May 17 at St. Nikolas Church.

Members of the parish council under the leadership of Premprecha Dibbayawan were present as well and stood in cordon to welcome the almost-life-sized figures, as well as pictures of the two saints and associated relics.

Everyone was able to touch and kiss the relics that were locked in display cases.

Members of the parish council stand in cordon in front of the pictures and relics of the two popes. In the background left is Rev. Peter Suraporn Suwichakorn.Members of the parish council stand in cordon in front of the pictures and relics of the two popes. In the background left is Rev. Peter Suraporn Suwichakorn.

Father John Baptist Nuphan Thasmalee blesses the statues, pictures and relics in the St. Nikolaus church.Father John Baptist Nuphan Thasmalee blesses the statues, pictures and relics in the St. Nikolaus church.