Thai soccer boys pray for fortune at temple
The Thai soccer boys and their coach began their first day back home with their families since they were rescued from a flooded cave with a trip to a Buddhist temple on Thursday to pray for protection from misfortunes. The 11 boys and the coach kneeled and pressed their hands in prayer to the tune of chanting monks. They were joined by relatives and friends at the Wat Pra That Doi Wao temple, overlooking Myanmar on Thailand’s northern border. The remaining member of the Wild Boars soccer team Adul Sargon is not s Buddhist and did not attend the ceremony, meant to extend one’s life and protect it from dangers. – AP
Pope must sack Archbishop Wilson: Australian PM
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media in Sydney, Australia on July 19, 2018.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday that Pope Francis must sack an Australian archbishop convicted of concealing child sex abuse. Archbishop Philip Wilson, 67, in May became the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of not disclosing to police abuse by another priest. Archbishop Wilson was sentenced to a year’s detention earlier this month. He has stepped aside as archbishop of Adelaide in South Australia state, but has not resigned, insisting he would do so only if he is unsuccessful in an appeal. Mr. Turnbull, who has previously called on Archbishop Wilson to resign, escalated his criticism of Wilson remaining in office. – Reuters
71st anniversary of the 1947 assassination
Myanmar military chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing (centre) Myanmar Religious and Culture Minister Thura Aung Ko (right) and Upper House Speaker Mann Win Khaing Than (left) attend a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of the 1947 assassination, at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum on July 19, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar.
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Myanmar’s Independence hero Gen. Aung San and his Cabinet were gunned down in 1947.
(With inputs from Agencies)
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