Bangladesh: Pope Francis asks Rohingya refugees for forgiveness

Pope Francis met with a group of Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar before asking for their forgiveness in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka on Friday. Marking the first time the Pope pronounced the word «Rohingya» during his Asia tour, he also went to ask for forgiveness for the world's indifference to their plight and to call on the attainment of a lasting peace. The Pontiff met a group of... Еще 16 refugees — 12 men, two women and two young girls — at an interfaith meeting at the house of Dhaka's Archbishop. The Pope called on the world not to turn the away from the plight of the Rohingya people. His comments were not part of his official speech at the interfaith meeting. Pope Francis had not used the term 'Rohingya' on his earlier visit to Myanmar, which does not consider the Rohingya as an ethnic group. Around 600,000 Rohingya Muslims are believed to have fled Myanmar since late August amid widespread reports of indiscriminate killings, arson, looting and rape by the Myanmar military.

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