Pope urges “decisive measures” for Myanmar refugees but avoids “Rohingya”


DHAKA, Nov 30 – Pope Francis on Thursday called
for “decisive measures” to resolve the political crisis causing
mostly Muslim refugees from neighbouring Myanmar to flee to

But, just as in the first leg of his trip in Myanmar, he did
not use the word Rohingya, which is contested by the Yangon
government and military.

In a speech before Bangladesh’s president hours after
arriving, Francis instead spoke of “refugees from Rakhine

He also called on countries to give “immediate material
assistance” to help Bangladesh deal with the crisis.