Burma-Myanmar

Myanmar cardinal urges Pope Francis to avoid use of the term "Rohingya"

By Antoni Slodkowski
YANGON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Myanmar's most senior Catholic prelate has urged Pope Francis to avoid using the term 'Rohingya' during a visit this month, when he is expected to raise the humanitarian crisis faced by the Muslim minority after a Myanmar army offensive in August.
The pope is set to visit largely Buddhist Myanmar from Nov. 27 to Nov. 30, before going to Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim neighbour where more than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to take shelter in refugee camps.

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Church bombed as tensions between state military and ethnic groups in northern Burma(Myanmar) escalate

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A Catholic church was bombed in the conflict-torn northern Shan state as renewed fighting intensified between the Burmese military and armed ethnic groups.St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mongkoe Township near the Chinese border was hit by airstrikes on December 3, the feast of St Francis Xavier. Ucanews.com reported that the parish priest, nuns and some 1,000 Catholics from the area had already fled to China. No one was hurt by the morning raid that caused fires to burn well into the afternoon.

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