Pope Francis meets Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the International Convention Centre of Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. The term “Rohingya” is shunned by many in Myanmar because the ethnic group is not a recognized minority in the country. Sitagu also met with Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, but has been criticized for using ethnic slurs against Muslims, particularly the Rohingya. Rohingya Muslims were stripped of citizenship in 1982, denying them almost all rights and rendering them stateless. Francis previously has prayed for “our Rohingya brothers and sisters,” lamented their suffering and called for them to enjoy full rights.
Source: Washington Post November 28, 2017 02:09 UTC