- Sep 28, 2020
“I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation,” the pope said about President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and he called on leaders to respect “the status quo of the city.”
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.
While the U.S. Bangladeshi community is not following the pope’s visit closely, they hope he brings peace and will address the Rohingya refugee crisis.
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.