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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