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Pope Francis calls Rohingya by name

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/01/17, 11:03 am

Pope Francis on Friday changed his stance and called the Rohingya by name as he spoke with them at an interfaith peace prayer in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city. Francis offered blessings and listened to the stories of more than a dozen Rohingya Muslim refugees, apologizing to them for the “indifference of the world” to their plight. “The presence of God today is also called ‘Rohingya,’” he said.

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Pope avoids naming Rohingya in Myanmar speech

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/28/17, 10:30 am

Pope Francis, in a highly anticipated speech Tuesday, said Myanmar’s future depends on respecting the rights of ethnic groups, an indirect reference to Rohingya Muslims facing what the United Nations calls “ethnic cleansing.” In his speech to Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other authorities and diplomats, Francis said the country’s greatest treasure is its people, who continue to suffer from civil conflict and hostilities.

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U.S. promises additional $47 million to Rohingya

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 11/15/17, 12:35 pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday the United States will provide an additional $47 million in humanitarian aid to Muslim Rohingya refugees from Burma, also known as Myanmar. Tillerson was in the Burmese capital of Naypyidaw for a one-day trip and appeared at a joint news conference with leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The additional assistance brings the total U.S. response to more than $87 million since August of this year.

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