Pope Francis to visit Myanmar, BD

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Catholic authorities in Myanmar and the Vatican say Pope Francis will visit Myanmar and Bangladesh starting at the end of November.

Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority country, while Myanmar is dominantly Buddhist, with Christians occupying a very small percentage of the population.

The pontiff said Sunday there was "sad news about the persecution of the religious minority of our Rohingya brothers". Almost 100 people are officially reported dead in the ongoing clashes, including 80 Rohingya insurgents and 12 members of the Burmese security forces deployed in the theatre.

She said nearly a thousand Muslims were killed on Sunday in Saugpara village, Rathedaung alone.

Last week, Rohingya militants attacked police and border outposts, and security forces responded.

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The Rohingya are an ethnic minority who live mostly in Rakhine State - sometimes styled Arakan - on the western coast of Myanmar, and practice Islam.

The attacks marked a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered in the region since last October, when a similar but much smaller Rohingya attack prompted a brutal military operation beset by allegations of human rights abuses.

In May, the Pontiff received the de facto head of the Myanmar government and Nobel laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, at the Vatican, in a meeting that also marked the beginning of bilateral diplomatic relations.

Since the early 1990s, Rohingyas have been fleeing Myanmar. "We condemn the use of disproportionate force which has led to hundreds of deaths and thousands of displaced people", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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