John Paul II Center Opens in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand, FEB. 1, 2007 ( The John Paul II Center for Catholic Social Thought has opened in Thailand.

Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, gave the address at the inauguration ceremony on Monday.

A statement from the apostolic nunciature in Thailand explained that the center is “to honor and commemorate the late Pope John Paul II, particularly for his encyclicals on the Social Doctrine of the Church.”

In his address, Cardinal Martino presented “The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church.”

He explained the four principles which make up the framework of the Compendium: the dignity and freedom of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity and solidarity.

Following the address, government officials and other guests at the ceremony asked the cardinal questions, particularly on how the Compendium could contribute to solve the world’s problems.

The new center has undertaken to translate the Compendium into Thai. The already completed part of the translation was published and presented to the participants at the conference.