- Inés San Martín
- Dec 17, 2017
In three out of four of his overseas trips in 2017, Francis had to measure his words and deeds very carefully, knowing that saying too much — or too little — could have been dangerous.
Pope Francis told journalists on the papal plane he was following the advice of his people on the ground when he didn’t use the word Rohingya during his visit to Myanmar. He said they told him it would make the situation worse.
After several days walking a diplomatic tightrope over the Rohingya, Francis’s last act of his Nov. 26-Dec. 2 outing to Myanmar and Bangladesh was pastoral and largely apolitical.
Pope Francis on Friday met with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. “Let’s not close our hearts, let’s not look to the other side. The presence of God today is also called Rohingya,” he told them.
Rather than exploring theological disagreements, Pope Francis in Myanmar and Bangladesh is laying out a vision of interreligious dialogue focused on working for justice and peace and challenging religious violence.
Pope Francis ordained 16 men to the priesthood on Friday during his apostolic visit to Bangladesh. He asked the people to “pray for these new priests,” telling them it was their responsibility to “sustain your priests with prayer.”