The Asian Age - - Asia - — AFP

Yangon: Pope Fran­cis will talk peace on his to visit Myan­mar, a Catholic church rep­re­sen­ta­tive said today, a po­ten­tially highly charged trip dur­ing a refugee cri­sis that has seen 520,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims pushed out of the coun­try. The late Novem­ber visit comes as west­ern Rakhine state is de­voured by com­mu­nal vi­o­lence that has sent un­prece­dented num­bers of Ro­hingya flee­ing into neigh­bour­ing Bangladesh. Myan­mar’s army is ac­cused of us­ing a crack­down on mil­i­tants to ex­pel its Mus­lim Ro­hingya pop­u­la­tion — a per­se­cuted mi­nor­ity the Pope has pre­vi­ously called “broth­ers and sis­ters”. Any com­ments seen to sup­port the Ro­hingya could pro­voke a strong re­ac­tion from hard­line Bud­dhist cler­ics and a Bud­dhist-ma­jor­ity pub­lic ag­grieved at global sup­port for the Mus­lim group.

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