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Pope Francis utters the word 'Rohingya' after criticism

Pope Francis utters the word 'Rohingya' after criticism
From Al Jazeera - December 1, 2017

Pope Francis has uttered the word "Rohingya" on a trip to Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have sought safety.

Critics had decried his avoidance ofspeaking about the months-long persecution of the Rohingya during his four-day visit toMyanmar.

But as he met a multi-faith group in Dhaka on Friday, atSt Mary's Cathedral, he told refugees:"The presence of God today is also called Rohingya."

In the past, Francis - whose papacy so far has been widely characterised by advocacy for refugees and vulnerable minorities - has repeatedly condemned violence against the mostly Muslim minority, calling them "our Rohingya brothers and sisters" and labelling the Christians who refuse to treat them humanely as "hypocrites".

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