- Oct 20, 2020
Bangladesh’s cardinal said Pope Francis will confirm the faith of the country’s small Catholic population. Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, the Archbishop of Dhaka, issued a statement in response to the video-message released on Tuesday by the pope to the people of Bangladesh ahead of his Nov. 30- Dec. 2 visit to the South Asian country.
Pope Francis has added in a private meeting with Myanmar’s military chief during his upcoming trip to the region in an indication that the Vatican views the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as a military operation distinct from the will of the civilian government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
Myanmar Cardinal Charles Bo says international criticism of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, including by the U.N. leadership, U.S, European Union and even some of her fellow Nobel laureates, is “very unfair.” Bo said Suu Kyi certainly should have spoken out earlier against the looting, burning and killing in Rakhine, but added she has no authority over the military.
Cardinal Charles Bo, the Archbishop of Yangon in Myanmar, said religious leaders have a “great moral obligation” not to promote hate speech, and to be “extremely cautious” in what they say and do. Over 500,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled the country for Bangladesh since August, after the military began a “clearance operation” against them. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Myanmar and Bangladesh from Nov. 27-Dec. 2.
In his homily at morning Mass on Monday, Pope Francis returned to a familiar theme — how amassing wealth, both money and land, while children suffer and die, is a morally unacceptable form of idolatry. There’s an “idolatry that kills,” that makes “human sacrifices” Francis said, by those who are hungry of money, land and wealth, who have “a lot” in front of “hungry children who have no medicine, no education, who are abandoned.”
Caritas Bangladesh has helped nearly 10,000 Rohingya families currently being housed in refugee camps in the country after fleeing their homes in Myanmar. Although currently most concerned with providing food, cooking utensils, and other essentials, Caritas is making plans with the government to help provide permanent housing structures as well as medical and educational facilities.