10 Five things to look for during Pope Francis’ trip to Myanmar, Bangladesh - Elise Harris

posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:47 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 9:47 PM ]
On Nov. 27, Pope Francis touched down in Yangon for what will likely be a politically charged and religiously significant six-day trip, bringing him to both Myanmar and Bangladesh, as the two countries face an escalating refugee crisis.

Pope Francis is on his third tour of Asia, since his election in 2013. It is the first papal visit to Myanmar—the Holy See having established formal diplomatic relations with the country earlier this year.

His visit to Bangladesh, however, is the second time a Pope has visited; the first being St John Paul II in 1986. Bl. Pope Paul VI made a brief stop in the territory in 1970, when it was still East Pakistan.

Throughout his six-day visit, Pope Francis will give 11 speeches in all: five in Myanmar, consisting of three formal speeches and two homilies, and six in Bangladesh—five official speeches and one homily.