- Oct 19, 2020
Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are considered to be among the world’s most persecuted peoples, subject to what the UN calls “crimes against humanity,” and hundreds of thousands are now refugees in neighboring Bangladesh, where Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario is defending their right to “dignity.”
In many ways, pro-democracy and human rights campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar seems a natural Pope Francis favorite. When the two met in the Vatican on Thursday morning, however, it’s likely the pontiff may have had some challenging things to say to his guest about the Rohingya, an oppressed Muslim minority who have become a special focus of his concern.
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Myanmar says the Church in his country will remember the time of Pope Francis with gratitude and grace. The pope has not only given them their first cardinal, but drawn the world’s attention to the suffering which happens in this often forgotten country.
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Myanmar’s first-ever Prince of the Church, is bringing new attention to an often-overlooked nation, among other things issuing a recent warning that despite positive changes “merchants of hatred” are once again stirring and Myanmar needs help.
On Wednesday, for Catholics an International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, Pope Francis made comments that will perhaps be spun as an indirect attack on President Donald Trump, once again appealing for building bridges and not walls among peoples.
Rohingya Muslims in Burma, as well as Christians, face continued persecution, destruction of homes and places of worship according to two new reports by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “It’s time for Burma to defend religious freedom,” Chairman Father Thomas Reese said.