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Papal praise for Amir

Pope Francis has praised His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for his paramount role in promoting peace and dialogue and co-existence among nations of the globe. The State of Kuwait Ambassador to Switzerland and non-resident envoy to the Vatican, Badr Al-Tunaib, said in a statement to KUNA …

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Pope ‘urges’ dialogue for two-state solution – Pontiff laments winds of war

VATICAN CITY, Dec 25, (Agencies): Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after US President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Francis spoke of the Middle East conflict and other …

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Pope wept while meeting refugees – Ire over ‘Rohingya’ word

YANGON, Dec 3, (AFP): Pope Francis’s embrace of the Rohingya during a trip to Bangladesh has sparked some angry comment on social media in Myanmar, where just days earlier he chose not to publicly air their plight. On Friday the head of the Catholic church met a group of refugees …

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Pope meets Rohingya, wraps up tour of Asia – Gesture of solidarity

DHAKA, Dec 2, (AFP): Pope Francis wrapped up a high-stakes Asia tour Saturday after meeting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar. The Catholic leader visited a hospital in Dhaka run by the order of Mother Theresa on …

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Pope urges reconciliation – Thousands attend Mass in Yangon

YANGON, Nov 29, (RTRS): Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Myanmar’s top Buddhist monks to reconcile people of different ethnicities and religions as their country emerges from nearly five decades of military rule still riven by ethnic confl icts and communal strife. That echoed a call for peace he made at …

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Pope avoids Rohingya row – ‘Respect human rights’

NAYPYITAW, Nov 28, (Agencies): Pope Francis on Tuesday urged the leaders of majority-Buddhist Myanmar, mired in a crisis over the fate of Muslim Rohingya people, to commit themselves to justice, human rights and respect for “each ethnic group and its identity”. The pope avoided a diplomatic backlash by not using …

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Pope dives into Rohingya crisis – Refugees hope pontiff will bring peace

YANGON, Myanmar, Nov 27, (Agencies): Pope Francis arrived Monday on a visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh to encourage their tiny Catholic communities and reach out to some of Asia’s most peripheral and poor, but the big question looming was whether he would utter the word “Rohingya” while he’s here. Francis …

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Pope to visit Myanmar to push for peace

Pope Francis will push for peace during his visit to mainly-Buddhist Myanmar, a church official said Thursday, a trip that plunges the pontiff into the centre of a simmering religious conflict which has sparked an exodus of Muslim Rohingya. Myanmar’s western Rakhine state has been torn apart by communal bloodshed, …

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Work for peace, Pope tells Trump – Smiles replace spats

VATICAN CITY, May 24, (AFP): Pope Francis urged Donald Trump to use his US presidency to promote peace around the world as the two leaders swapped sparring for smiles in their first face-to-face meeting, at the Vatican on Wednesday. Trump’s audience with the 80-yearold pontiff, a keenly-anticipated highlight of his …

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Vatican, Myanmar OK diplomatic ties

VATICAN CITY, May 4, (Agencies): The Vatican and Myanmar established full diplomatic relations on Thursday in the latest step in the former pariah Asian state’s rehabilitation by the international community. The Vatican said it would appoint a papal nuncio to Yangon and that the country would open an embassy at …

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