The Roman Catholic Mission in Bangkok to publish the very first Catholic NFT, on


Photo mosaic of an image of Pope Francis during His Holiness Apostolic Visit to Thailand in November 2019. Minted as NFT on (

First NFT to be struck with the blessing of the Catholic Church

BANGKOK, THALANDE, October 4, 2021 / — The novel Catholic Mission of Bangkok announces the first public release of an NFT (non-fungible token) officially minted by the Catholic Church on, an NFT marketplace built on the energy-efficient Tezos blockchain.

“With the publication of this NFT, the Roman Catholic Mission in Bangkok is eager to explore a whole new way of engaging with members of our community and beyond,” said Francis X. Cardinal Kriengsak Kovithavanij, Archbishop of Bangkok.

“Young people today are using technology not only for practical purposes, but also to express their faith and identity,” added the cardinal.

The NFT that will be released is a photo mosaic of an image of Pope Francis during the Holy Father’s apostolic visit to Thailand in November 2019. It consists of 350 unique photos from the visit and marks the 350th anniversary of the arrival of Catholicism in the Kingdom of Thailand.

“We hand-selected the photos that make up the mosaic from among the thousands of photos taken by during the papal visit,” said Nattha Nuchsuwan, director of marketing at, the English-language social communication arm. of the Roman Catholic Mission in Bangkok. “We hope that the individual photos together convey the enthusiasm and devotion with which Thailand has greeted the Pope.”

The mosaic is published as an NFT to help ensure its permanence as well as to enhance the engagement of the Roman Catholic Mission in Bangkok with online communities around the world.

“We are excited to use the environmentally friendly Tezos blockchain technology on Kalamint to abandon our NFT,” said Dr Peter Monthienvichienchai, executive director and technical lead for the project.

Commenting on this decline, Kalamint CEO Chris Deschenes said: “We are extremely pleased that the Roman Catholic Mission in Bangkok has chosen Kalamint and shares the ideals that NFTs can be created and sold in a sustainable and economical manner. in energy. Our goal has been to ensure that the art created on our platform is stored in a way that allows data to last forever. With this historical coin minted by the Church, we surely have the affirmation that what we are building is on the right track.

All proceeds from the NFT release and auction will go to Communita Incontro School in Pathum Thani, Thailand. Created in 2004, the primary school provides free education to socially disadvantaged children, especially those whose parents are treated in the neighboring rehabilitation center (of the same name) for drug addicts.

The school provides all the support to the children to meet their daily needs, including clothing, food and school supplies.

About Kalamint:
Kalamint, leader of the Clean NFT movement, is one of the first marketplaces on Tezos, an LPoS (Liquid Proof of Stake) blockchain that efficiently verifies transactions while consuming a tiny amount of energy. Backed by Draper Goren Holm Ventures of Tim Draper, Amesten Capital and Moonwhale Ventures among others, Kalamint is one of the few NFT marketplaces that does not store any NFT data on private servers and builds its reputation around the legacy of the art.

Press contact:
Bangkok Roman Catholic Mission (
Dr Peter Monthienvichiechai [email protected] +66 89 035 2418 (WhatsApp)
Archdiocese of Bangkok [email protected] (please copy: Peter Monthienvichienchai to ensure prompt response)
Communita Incontro School

Chris Deschênes, CEO
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