Pope adds meetings, including with general, to Myanmar itinerary

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Accepting tips by way of Myanmar’s cardinal, Pope Francis has added two non-public conferences to the agenda for his visit to the country: one with non secular leaders and the opposite with the commander of the army, who wields outstanding political electricity in the us of a.

Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, said Pope Francis will meet Nov. 28 with representatives of diverse religions found in Myanmar and Nov. 30 with Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. Burke additionally said the general public Mass in Yangon Nov. 29 will start an hour in advance than firstly scheduled due to the heat.

About 90 percent of Myanmar’s population follows Theravada Buddhism, and Pope Francis already had a meeting scheduled with the Sangha ideally suited council, which oversees the Buddhist monks throughout the united states of america. But Myanmar also is home to Muslims, Hindus and followers of different Buddhist traditions, as well as Baptists, who some distance outnumber Catholics within the united states.

The navy in Myanmar, and Gen. Min Aung Hlaing specially, were harshly criticized via the international network for their marketing campaign towards the Rohingya humans, a Muslim minority. The navy claims the crackdown is a response to violence, but the United Nations has said the crackdown is extremely disproportionate and quantities to ethnic cleaning.

Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, who cautioned the pope meet with the overall, has publicly stated he urged Pope Francis not to apply the phrase “Rohingya” for fear of inciting Buddhist nationalists and the military. Burke instructed reporters they might have to listen to the pope’s speeches to peer if he widely wide-spread that proposal as nicely.

Representatives of the hundreds of hundreds of Rohingya refugees residing in Bangladesh will meet Pope Francis Dec. 1 in Dhaka for the duration of an interreligious and ecumenical assembly for peace, Burke stated.

Below is the revised schedule for Pope Francis’ go to to Myanmar and Bangladesh. Time indexed are neighborhood with Eastern Standard Time in parentheses.

Sunday, Nov. 26 (Rome)

— nine:40 p.M. (three:forty 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 meeting on the archbishop’s house with non secular leaders.

— Mass in non-public.

— 2 p.M. (2:30 a.M.) Departure by way of plane for Naypyitaw.

— 3:10 p.M. (3:40 a.M.) Arrival at Naypyitaw airport.

— 3:50 p.M. (4:20 a.M.) Welcoming ceremony on the presidential palace.

— four p.M. (four:30 a.M.) Courtesy go to to Htin Kyaw, president of the republic, on the presidential palace.

— four:30 p.M. (5 a.M.) Meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, state counselor and foreign minister, the u . S . A .’s de facto leader.

— five:15 p.M. (five:45 a.M.) Meeting with government government, contributors of civil society and the diplomatic corps inside the town’s worldwide convention center. Speech by way of pope.

— 6:20 p.M. (6:50 a.M.) Departure by way of aircraft for Yangon.

— 7:25 p.M. (7:55 a.M.) Arrival at Yangon airport, transfer to archbishop’s house.

Wednesday, Nov. 29 (Yangon)

— eight:30 a.M. (9 p.M. Nov. 28) Mass at Kyaikkasan sports ground. Homily by pope.

— 4:15 p.M. (4:forty five a.M.) Meeting with the Sangha preferrred council of Buddhist priests at the Kaba Aye pagoda. Speech via pope.

— 5:15 p.M. (five:45 a.M.) Meeting with the bishops of Myanmar at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Speech by using pope.

Thursday, Nov. 30 (Yangon, Dhaka)

— Meeting (time unspecified) with military commander, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, within the archbishop’s house.

— 10:15 a.M. (10:45 p.M. Nov. 29) Mass with young humans in St. Mary’s Cathedral. Homily by means of pope.

— 12:45 p.M. (1:15 a.M.) Farewell ceremony at Yangon International Airport.

— 1:05 p.M. (1:35 a.M.) Departure with the aid of plane for Dhaka, Bangladesh.

— three p.M. (4 a.M.) Arrival at Dhaka’s international airport. Welcoming rite.

— 4 p.M. (5 a.M.) Visit to national martyrs’ memorial on the town of Savar.

— 4:45 p.M. (5:45 a.M.) Pay homage to the past due-Sheik Mujibur Rahman, called “father of the country,” at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.

— 5:30 p.M. (6:30 a.M.) Courtesy visit to President Abdul Hamid on the presidential palace.

— 6 p.M. (7 a.M.) Meeting with authorities authorities, participants of civil society and the diplomatic corps in the presidential palace. Speech by using pope.

Friday, Dec. 1 (Dhaka)

— 10 a.M. (11 p.M. Nov. 30) Mass and ordination of priests in Suhrawardy Udyan park. Homily by way of pope.

— 3:20 p.M. (four:20 a.M.) Visit with the usa’s top minister on the apostolic nunciature.

— 4 p.M. (five a.M.) Visit the metropolis’s cathedral.

— four:15 p.M. (5:15 a.M.) Meeting with Bangladesh’s bishops at a residence for elderly clergymen. Speech via pope.

— five p.M. (6 a.M.) Interreligious and ecumenical meeting for peace in the lawn of the archbishop’s residence. Speech by pope.

Saturday, Dec. 2 (Dhaka, Rome)

— 10 a.M. (11 p.M. Dec. 1) Private visit to the Mother Teresa House within the capital’s Tejgaon neighborhood.

— 10:forty five a.M. (11:45 p.M. Dec. 1) Meeting with monks, men and women spiritual, seminarians and beginners on the Church of the Holy Rosary. Speech via pope.

— 11:forty five a.M. (12:forty five a.M.) Visit the parish cemetery and historical Church of the Holy Rosary.

— 3:20 p.M. (4:20 a.M.) Meeting with young humans at Notre Dame College. Speech by way of pope.

— four:45 p.M. (5:forty five a.M.) Farewell ceremony at Dhaka International Airport.

— 5:05 p.M. (6:05 a.M.) Departure through aircraft for Rome.

— eleven p.M. (five p.M.) Arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.