Pope Francis is only the second pope to visit a Buddhist temple.
Pope Francis changed his schedule at the last minute earlier today to visit a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka’s capital where relics were being put on display.
The opening of a casket containing relics of disciples of the Buddha is a key event in the Buddhist calendar. People line up for days to pay homage to the relics.
A Vatican spokesman said the Pope did not pray during his visit but listened respectfully while monks chanted.
Banagala Upatissa, head monk at the Agrashravaka temple, told the Associated Press that allowing the Pope to witness the event was “the highest honour and respect we can offer to His Holiness”.
Pope Francis is the second pope to visit a Buddhist temple. St John Paul II…
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