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This meeting notwithstanding, the Pope explained in Myanmar that the main purpose of his Apostolic Journey to Myanmar and Bangladesh was to “pray with the small but fervent Catholic Community of the nation, to confirm it in the faith and encourage it to continue contributing to the good of the country.” He said this in his address to the Civil and Diplomatic Authorities in the sitting room of the Presidential Palace.
However, he added as well that it was to “reach all the population of Myanmar and offer a word of encouragement to all those that are working to build a just, reconciled and inclusive social order.” During his visit to Myanmar, the Holy Father didn’t use the word “Rohingya,” given the Burmese Government’s prohibition of its use imposed on Diplomatic Authorities, but referring to them as “refugees of Kachin,” the northernmost state of Myanmar.
Pope Francis stressed this during an inter-religious and ecumenical prayer for peace, in the gardens of the Archbishopric of Dhaka, prayed by representatives of Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist communities, as well as by Christian Confessions and Civil Authorities.
On the second day of his Apostolic Journey to the country, the Pope took part in this event, which he several times stressed as “important,” since his arrival on Bangladeshi soil.
The 16 “Rohingya” refugees who greeted the Pontiff – 12 men, four women, and two children, were accompanied by interpreters of , the Catholic organization that, together with other Catholic and non-confessional NGOs, helps to assuage the humanitarian crisis this ethnic group is suffering at present.
” Appealing to his wishes “for an ever more human, united and peaceful world, “ the Holy Father said: “I open my heart to you all, and I thank you once again for your welcome.” By way of conclusion of the meeting, the Anglican Archbishop of Dhaka, Monsignor Philip Sarka, recited an ecumenical prayer.
In the framework of this event, Pope Francis greeted 16 Rohingyas – Muslim minority persecuted in Burma – from Cox’s Bazar, accompanied by two translators of The group, applauded by the crowd, went up to the podium where the Pope was.
He greeted them one by one, listening to their stories with the aid of an interpreter. Forrester On the afternoon of the fifth day of his Apostolic Journey, Pope Francis received 18 “Rohingya” refugees from Cox’s Bazar, at the end of the Inter-Religious and Ecumenical Meeting for Peace, held in the garden of the Archbishopric of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.
The Holy Father looked at, caressed and listened to the Muslim refugees, received by Bangladesh after their expulsion from the neighboring country Myanmar.
In particular, Francis invited to live “religious solicitude for the good of our neighbor,” which “runs as a vast river, watering the arid lands and deserts of hatred, of corruption, of poverty and of violence, which so degrade human lives, divide families and disfigure the gift of Creation.” The Poor, Refugees and Persecuted Minorities The Pontiff appealed to “give a hand to the other in an attitude of mutual trust and understanding, to build a unity that includes diversity not as a menace, but as a potential source of enrichment and growth,” and to exercise “openness of the heart, in order to see others as a way, not as an obstacle.” “Openness of the heart” is “a door,” he stressed.