Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ in Bangladesh after avoiding term in Myanmar

Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ in Bangladesh after avoiding term in Myanmar

Pope Francis on Friday uttered the eight-letter phrase he so fastidiously prevented in an look in Myanmar days earlier: Rohingya.

The Rohingya are a Muslim minority group who’ve fled Myanmar by the hundreds amid an ethnic-cleansing marketing campaign by the nation’s army.

Francis drew sharp criticism from the worldwide human rights neighborhood when he failed to call the Rohingya throughout a collection of addresses in Myanmar.

However he took a really completely different method on his go to to Bangladesh, the place he recognized the group by title and requested the refugees for forgiveness for the struggling they’ve endured.

“The presence of God at this time can also be known as ‘Rohingya,’” Francis mentioned earlier than a gathering that included Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian leaders.

The Pope met with 16 Rohingya — 12 males, two ladies and two younger women — who had trekked to Dhaka from an space bordering Myanmar the place greater than 620,000 live in refugee camps.

A Rohingya refugee man wipes his eyes, as he waits to fulfill Pope Francis, throughout an inter-religious convention at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Dhaka, Bangladesh December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain (MOHAMMAD PONIR HOSSAIN/REUTERS)

One after the other, Francis blessed the refugees, greedy their palms and listening to their tales. “Possibly we will’t do a lot for you, however your tragedy has a spot in our hearts,” Francis advised them.

His voice trembled with emotion as he continued his passionate tackle to the refugees.

“Within the title of all those that persecute you, who’ve persecuted you, and those that have harm you, above all within the indifference of the world, I ask you for forgiveness,” the Pope mentioned.


The United Nations and U.S. State Division have known as on Myanmar to cease the brutal crackdown on the Rohingya minority.

This picture combo of two photos present Pope John Paul II using in a three-wheeled bicycle rickshaw on the Vatican Mission in Dhaka, Bangladesh, throughout his one-day go to to town, on Nov. 19, 1986, on left and Pope Francis using a standard Bangladesh rickshaw as he arrives at an interfaith and ecumenical assembly for peace within the backyard of the archbishop’s residence, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Picture/Arturo Mari, File and Andrew Medichini) (AP)

The Myanmar authorities has denied a scientific marketing campaign towards the Rohingya, saying the army has focused solely militant extremists.

The Pope had avoided referencing the disaster or utilizing the phrase Rohingya whereas in Myanmar out of diplomatic deference to his hosts.

Myanmar’s authorities loathes the time period “Rohingya” and as an alternative refers to them as “Bengalis” who migrated illegally from Bangladesh.