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    Pope Francis calls for “Forgiveness” from the persecuted Rohingya Refugees

Pope mentions the refugees “Rohingya” for the first time
Pope Francis calls for “Forgiveness” from the persecuted Rohingya Refugees

Sofian Khan

Pope Francis while referring the refugees who fled violence in Myanmar used the word ‘Rohingya’ during his current trip to Asia. He in an improvised remark after meeting 16 refugees said “The presence of God today is also called Rohingya”. The refugees were brought to Dhaka from their camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.
On friday, Pope Francis celebrated a huge outdoor Mass prayer to ordain new priests from Bangladesh during his first full day in the country. More than 100000 people have attended the mass prayer in Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan Park. Mentioning the crowd in his homily the Pope said, ‘I know that many of you came from afar, for a trip for more than two days. Thank you for your generosity. This indicates the love you have for the Church.’ During his trip to Myanmar, The Pope did not use the term ‘Rohingya’ to describe the refugees. For meeting the Pope, 16 refugees travelled for two days to reach here. I thank you for your generosity. This shows the love for betterment embedded in your hearts. The love you nurture for Jesus Christ. Thank you for being in faith.”He sought blessings for the newly ordained priests. “Some may ask ‘how do I help these priests?’ As followers of Christianity, it is your duty to support them with your prayers and nurturing. The first and foremost step is to pray. “You must pray for them to God almighty so that they never get tired. Thank you all. Let us begin the sacramental ceremony,” said Pope Francis in his inaugural speech. The rituals started at 10:45am and ended just after 12pm, when the pope left the Suhrawardy Udyan grounds.The 80-year-old pontiff arrived Bangladesh on Thursday after his diplomatically sensitive trip to Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where he made no direct reference to the over half a million of Rohingya Muslims who fled the country’s Rakhine state and crossed into Bangladesh.Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid received him at the Dhaka airport, from where the Catholic Church leader went to the National Memorial in Savar to pay tributes to the 1971 Liberation War martyrs.He then visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the capital before heading to the Bangabhaban where he had a private meeting with Hamid.

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