Pope includes conferences, consisting of with basic, to Myanmar schedule

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By Vatican News|Updated: November 24, 2017

Pope includes conferences, consisting of with basic, to Myanmar schedule

VATICAN CITY (CNS)-– Accepting tips by Myanmar’s cardinal, Pope Francis has actually included 2 personal conferences to the schedule for his see to the nation: one with spiritual leaders and the other with the leader of the military, who wields terrific political power in the nation.

Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press workplace, stated Pope Francis will satisfy Nov. 28 with agents of different religious beliefs present in Myanmar and Nov. 30 with Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. Since of the heat, Burke likewise stated the public Mass in Yangon Nov. 29 will start an hour earlier than initially set up.

About 90 percent of Myanmar’s population follows Theravada Buddhism, and Pope Francis currently had actually a conference arranged with the Sangha supreme council, which manages the Buddhist monks throughout the nation. Myanmar likewise is house to Muslims, Hindus and fans of other Buddhist customs, as well as Baptists, who far surpass Catholics in the nation.

The military in Myanmar, and Gen. Min Aung Hlaing in specific, have actually been roughly slammed by the international neighborhood for their project versus the Rohingya individuals, a Muslim minority. The military claims the crackdown is a reaction to violence, however the United Nations has stated the crackdown is extremely out of proportion and totals up to ethnic cleaning.

Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, who recommended the pope meet the basic, has actually openly stated he prompted Pope Francis not to utilize the word “Rohingya” for worry of prompting Buddhist nationalists and the armed force. Burke informed press reporters they would have to listen to the pope’s speeches to see if he accepted that recommendation.

Agents of the numerous countless Rohingya refugees residing in Bangladesh will satisfy Pope Francis Dec. 1 in Dhaka throughout an ecumenical and interreligious conference for peace, Burke stated.

Below is the modified schedule for Pope Francis’ see to Myanmar and Bangladesh. Time noted are regional with Eastern Standard Time in parentheses.

Sunday, Nov. 26 (Rome).
— 9:40 p.m. (3:40 p.m.) Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino airport.
Monday, Nov. 27 (Yangon).
— 1:30 p.m. (2 a.m.) Arrival at Yangon International Airport.
Tuesday, Nov. 28 (Yangon, Naypyitaw, Yangon).
— 10 a.m. (10:30 p.m. Nov. 28) Private conference at the archbishop’s home with spiritual leaders.
— Mass in personal.
— 2 p.m. (2:30 a.m.) Departure by airplane for Naypyitaw.
— 3:10 p.m. (3:40 a.m.) Arrival at Naypyitaw airport.
— 3:50 p.m. (4:20 a.m.) Welcoming event at the governmental palace.
— 4 p.m. (4:30 a.m.) Courtesy check out to Htin Kyaw, president of the republic, at the governmental palace.
— 4:30 p.m. (5 a.m.) Meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, state therapist and foreign minister, the nation’s de facto leader.
— 5:15 p.m. (5:45 a.m.) Meeting with federal government authorities, members of civil society and the diplomatic corps in the city’s international convention. Speech by pope.
— 6:20 p.m. (6:50 a.m.) Departure by airplane for Yangon.
— 7:25 p.m. (7:55 a.m.) Arrival at Yangon airport, transfer to archbishop’s house.
Wednesday, Nov. 29 (Yangon).
— 8:30 a.m. (9 p.m. Nov. 28) Mass at Kyaikkasan sports ground. Homily by pope.
— 4:15 p.m. (4:45 a.m.) Meeting with the Sangha supreme council of Buddhist monks at the Kaba Aye pagoda. Speech by pope.
— 5:15 p.m. (5:45 a.m.) Meeting with the bishops of Myanmar at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Speech by pope.
Thursday, Nov. 30 (Yangon, Dhaka).
— Meeting (time undefined) with military leader, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, in the archbishop’s home.
— 10:15 a.m. (10:45 p.m. Nov. 29) Mass with youths in St. Mary’s Cathedral. Homily by pope.
— 12:45 p.m. (1:15 a.m.) Farewell event at Yangon International Airport.
— 1:05 p.m. (1:35 a.m.) Departure by airplane for Dhaka, Bangladesh.
— 3 p.m. (4 a.m.) Arrival at Dhaka’s international airport. Inviting event.
— 4 p.m. (5 a.m.) Visit to nationwide martyrs’ memorial in the area of Savar.
— 4:45 p.m. (5:45 a.m.) Pay tribute to the late-Sheik Mujibur Rahman, referred to as “father of the country,” at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.
— 5:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m.) Courtesy see to President Abdul Hamid at the governmental palace.
— 6 p.m. (7 a.m.) Meeting with federal government authorities, members of civil society and the diplomatic corps in the governmental palace. Speech by pope.
Friday, Dec. 1 (Dhaka).
— 10 a.m. (11 p.m. Nov. 30) Mass and ordination of priests in Suhrawardy Udyan park. Homily by pope.
— 3:20 p.m. (4:20 a.m.) Visit with the nation’s prime minister at the apostolic nunciature.
— 4 p.m. (5 a.m.) Visit the city’s cathedral.
— 4:15 p.m. (5:15 a.m.) Meeting with Bangladesh’s bishops at a home for senior priests. Speech by pope.
— 5 p.m. (6 a.m.) Ecumenical and interreligious conference for peace in the garden of the archbishop’s house. Speech by pope.
Saturday, Dec. 2 (Dhaka, Rome).
— 10 a.m. (11 p.m. Dec. 1) Private check out to the Mother Teresa House in the capital’s Tejgaon community.
— 10:45 a.m. (11:45 p.m. Dec. 1) Meeting with ladies, priests and guys spiritual, seminarians and newbies at the Church of the Holy Rosary. Speech by pope.
— 11:45 a.m. (12:45 a.m.) Visit the parish cemetery and historical Church of the Holy Rosary.
— 3:20 p.m. (4:20 a.m.) Meeting with youths at Notre Dame College. Speech by pope.
— 4:45 p.m. (5:45 a.m.) Farewell event at Dhaka International Airport.
— 5:05 p.m. (6:05 a.m.) Departure by aircraft for Rome.
— 11 p.m. (5 p.m.) Arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.