Asian Perspectives of Thomas Merton

by By Robert E. Daggy, Ph.D.

During Pope Francis' recent visit to the United States, while addressing the Congress, he mentioned Fr. Thomas Merton. This is a reprint of an original article that we ran in an early print issue of the Inner Directions Journal.

THOMAS MERTON DIED IN BANGKOK, THAILAND, on December 10, 1968, a victim of an accidental electrocution. His death ironically occurred twenty-seven years to the day after his entrance into the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Kentucky, on December 10, 1941.

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