Pope Francis sends his condolences to Thais after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
October 14, 2016. Pope Francis has sent a message to the Prime Minister of Thailand to express his condolences for the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was 88 years old, and his reign spanned seven decades. Pope Francis said he is "deeply saddenedâ? and he expresses his closeness to the members of the royal family and the Thai people.