Pope makes surprise visit to a Buddhist Temple in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Crux, 14/01/2015) — On Wednesday evening in Sri Lanka Pope Francis made an impromptu visit to a Buddhist temple in the country’s capital city. Francis was shown a room with a statue of the Buddha and two other holy figures in Buddhist tradition. His hosts also showed him a jar containing relics that are only opened occasionally, but which they opened for him. There was also singing, during which the spokesman said the pope “listened respectfully.” The unscheduled stop lasted roughly 20 minutes.
One Buddhist nun's thoughts on Pope Francis
Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- A Buddhist nun who experienced Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines voiced her gratitude to the pontiff for his efforts at unity and dialogue among religious communities. “We see that the pope has brought a blessing and also unity,” said Ven. Miao Jing of the Buddhist Fo Guang Shan community