- Sep 22, 2020
From Uganda to Bangladesh, the Church is on the frontier when it comes to immigration.
Just two months after his recent visit to Bangladesh, Pope Francis Monday welcomed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the Vatican, where they discussed positive inter-faith relations in the country and the need to find a lasting solution to the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis.
Cardinal Charles Bo of Myanmar said the Rohingya are a stateless people spurned in his country because of “propaganda” and “hate speech” among the Buddhist majority, and they’re also often victims of human trafficking.
Singapore’s envoy to the Vatican says that when Pope Francis speaks, the international community listens — and that Asia heard something especially relevant on Monday when the pontiff addressed the risk of a “demographic winter.”
Just days after the UN voted overwhelmingly to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to transfer the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Pope Francis used his Christmas message to pray for peace in Jerusalem and a two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
UNICEF and Caritas Bangladesh, among others, have been setting up places for Rohingya refugee children to learn and play in the midst of the refugee camps they run.