MyanmarOn November 27, 2017, Pope Francis will become the first pope to visit Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The visit takes place six months after the Vatican announced it had established full diplomatic relations with the predominantly Buddhist nation and two years after the Pope appointed Myanmar’s first Cardinal. During the visit, the Holy Father will meet with the country’s leader and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Pope will arrive in Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon and capital of the country until 2006), where he will be officially welcomed. The following afternoon (Nov. 28) he travels to the capital Nay Pyi Taw, where he will meet with President Suu Kyi and other officials.
On Wednesday, November 29, Pope Francis will celebrate his first public Mass in the country, meet the Sangha Buddhist Supreme Council and then with Myanmar’s bishops. The visit to the Southeast Asian nation will conclude with a Mass for young people on Thursday, November 30, before the Holy Father flies to neighbouring Bangladesh.
Official Site — popeinmyanmar2017.com
The logo of the Pope's visit to Myanmar has a heart-shaped frame with the visit’s motto, "Love and Peace," symbolizing that love is the common value between Christianity and Buddhism. The right half of the heart is in the yellow and white of the Vatican flag; the left side with the yellow, green and red lines of the Myanmar flag. Inside the heartis a picture of a doveon the hands of Pope Francis. On the left side of the heart is the outline of the map of Myanmar, outlined with a line of seven-colourssymbolising a race and culture with comprised of many languages and dialects.