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posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:24 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 9:24 PM ]

Children welcome Pope on Myanmar visit


Greeted by children wearing traditional attire and by the nation's bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar on Nov. 27 for a four-day visit.

The arrival ceremony at the Yangon airport was brief and led by an envoy of the President, because the formal welcome was scheduled for the next day in Naypyitaw, which has been the capital since 2005.

However, Pope Francis had a 'courtesy visit' with the leaders of the nation's powerful military. The Pope and Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, who was accompanied by three other generals and a lieutenant colonel, met that first evening in the Yangon archbishop's residence, where the Pope is staying.


South Sudan joins Pope Francis in prayers for peace


The Catholic bishops of South Sudan urged Catholics to join Pope Francis in a prayer for peace in the newest African country, which has been entrenched in a three-year long civil war.

On Nov. 23, Pope Francis presided over a prayer service at the Vatican for South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The event was organised by the humanitarian organisation 'Solidarity with South Sudan'.

"Let us pray with our Holy Father for the grace to see every human being as a child of God, regardless of tribe, regional attributes, race, language or culture," said Bishop Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio, President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Sudan and South Sudan, in a statement.


Pope: The Cross unites in persecution the Christian Churches of the East


Persecution and violence "perpetrated in the name of fundamentalist extremism" against the Assyrian Church of the East and the other Christian Churches of the region evoke the Cross; "Easter light in a world enveloped by so much darkness", "hope and peace to come". This was Pope Francis' reflection in his greeting to the members of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East on the occasion of the signing of a Joint Declaration, which establishes "a happy conclusion of the phase regarding sacramental life" in which "the sign of the Cross is referred to as "an explicit symbol of unity among all sacramental celebrations."