Pope meets Ro­hingya

Sunday Territorian - - WORLD -

BANGLADESH: Pope Fran­cis met a group of Mus­lim Ro­hingya refugees and re­ferred to them by name for the first time on his Asian visit.

“The pres­ence of God is to­day also called Ro­hingya,” the pon­tiff said on Fri­day at an in­ter­faith prayer ser­vice also at­tended by a small group of Ro­hingya in Dhaka.

Fran­cis had been ad­vised not to use the word dur­ing the first leg of his trip to Myan­mar, where the mi­nor­ity Mus­lim group are re­ferred to as Ben­galis, im­ply­ing they are in­ter­lop­ers from Bangladesh.

The Pope’s Asian visit wrapped up yes­ter­day.

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