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Francis arrived in a Myanmar attacked by Rohingya
Yangon, Myanmar - On Monday Francis ended up in Myanmar and in a demining area. During a first pontifical meeting in the land, the Holy Father spoke to Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Army, which has expelled more than 620,000 Rohingya Muslims from the area. The United States has named this a cleanse of ethnicity drive.
On Tuesday, the Holy Father will be meeting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and de facto head of state, who has been widely criticised for her silences in the face of the butchery. At Myanmar, the Papacy will try to find a conservative counterbalance by retaining its ethical authorities without jeopardizing its small herd.
While the United Nations, the United States and others have condemned the assassination, robbery and looting of Rohingya in the west of Myanmar as ethnical purge, the Roman Catholic Church has called on the Holy Father here not to use the term Rohingya for the purpose of worsening the vicious circle or being exploit for internalpolitik.
In spite of the criticism of Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi, the Pope's associates have called on him to give her his backing - and hopefully also his own personal backing - as the best opportunity to avoid the army falling back into total domination. There is enough parliamentary backing for the army to avoid any changes that could relax the powers of General Min Aung Hlaing, who has aspirations to lead the state.
For Francis, his first encounter here with the General, which was added at the last moment, could be more important. "It is wise to first see the Commander-in-Chief, because he is very important and the most important figure in solving this problem for our country," said Dr. Yan Myo Thein, a policy analyst in Yangon, Myanmar's capital.
The Vatican said that the encounter with the General and Commander-in-Chief of the Bureau of Special Operations took about 15 min. and was a "courtesy visit" to the resident of the Bishop's house where Francis is located. To commemorate his attendance, the Holy Father presented the General with a locket. And the general gave the Holy Father an artistic dish of paddy rices and a drum in the form of a canoe.
At the time of the gathering, the Holy Father was aware of the egoisms and agenda he had to follow without making a mistake that could jeopardize Myanmar's 700,000 Catholics, who make up about 1.3 people. Francis seemed in a good mood on the airplane, apologized earlier for the burning temperature in Myanmar and announced: "Now I will greet you.
On arrival in Yangon, Francis was welcomed by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the town' s archiepiscopal head, followed by a group of Bishop and a small mission of minors in tradition. Leaving Yangon airport in a Toyota Mark II Grande limousine, Francis would roll down a door to beckon a hundred more kids who cheered "Viva, Papa," along with nosy backpack tourists and cautious safety people.
"He is hopeful that he will be able to melt the hearts of all and move the land towards a permanent peace," said the Cardinal in an interview. Transnational mobility - immigration instead of ethnical purification, Muslims of the Rakhine state instead of Rohingya - has brought a certain embarrassment to the mission, especially for a Pope who has a call to speak out.
To a certain extent, the journey can cause Francis unnecessary headaches. Myanmar replenished a gap in the Pope's timetable after a failed mission to India. Part of the purpose of the journey was to commemorate and consolidate the new diplomatic ties between the Vatican and Myanmar that emerged during Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi's May Holy See mission.
However, Myanmar's Myanmar leadership, especially Cardinal Bo, whom Francis raised in 2015, said that the Holy Father must put money into Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi, as she is perhaps the last and best opportunity for the countrys progress towards democratisation and the defence of citizens' liberties.
On Tuesday Francis is to be flown to the capitol Naypyidaw to see her. A previous edition of this paper falsely described a gift to Pope Francis in Myanmar. A previous edition of this paper falsely attribute a differentiation in Pope Francis' journey to Myanmar. His journey to Myanmar was not his first pontifical stay in a predominantly buddhistic country; Francis paid a patronage to Sri Lanka in 2015.