Catholics keep the faith where religions collide

Christians are a shrinking minority in the southern provinces, but they're staying true to their beliefs despite violent divisions in the region.

Every Sunday morning, a community of Christians in Yala province congregate at St Andrew’s Catholic Church to attend mass.

Trailblazer: Father Suksan became the first Thai priest in charge of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces when he took over the post in 2009.

Tall stained-glass windows depict the Holy Trinity and a large statue of Jesus hangs above the altar, but the church draws on classic Thai architectural style. A Catholic nun plays the organ while about 30 Christians sing Blessed Be God in unison.

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