We begin with a summary of the Pope’s weekly general audience which took place earlier today at St. Peter’s Square.
Greeting the pilgrims who gathered there, Pope Francis continued his reflection series on the Mass where he said that the Mass is not just a memorial of what happened 2000 years ago, but is the paschal Mystery, which makes us participants. When we go to Mass, the Pope said, it is as if we are actually at Calvary. This report now from CNS
With the Papal trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh less than a week away, the Pope has added two private meetings to his visit in Myanmar, a country where religious leaders have expressed anxiety about what the Pope may or may not say about the volatile Rohingya refugee situation there.
Greg Burke, of the Vatican press office, has confirmed that the Pope will meet with representatives of various religions present in Myanmar on Nov. 28 and with Military General Min Aung Hlaing on Nov. 30th.
The military in Myanmar, and the General in particular, have been harshly criticized by the international community for their campaign against the Rohingya minority. The military claims the crackdown is a response to violence, but the United Nations has said the crackdown is hugely disproportionate and amounts to ethnic cleansing.
Cardinal Charles Bo of Yan-gon, has publicly urged the Pope not to use the word "Rohingya" for fear of inciting Buddhist nationalists and the military. Greg Burke told reporters, they would have to listen closely to the Pope's speeches to see if he has accepted their suggestion on that matter.
And to help put into perspective the dire and serious situation of the Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar, I have for you this report from Catholic Relief Services in Bangladesh.
That is all that we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow when I bring you news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic lens.