Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh on aging issue of Rohingya refugees

Pope Francis is greeted by young children in traditional clothes upon his arrival at Yangon's airport, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The pontiff is in Myanmar for the first stage of a week-long visit that will also take him to neighboring Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Vastavam web: Pope Francis today arrived in Bangladesh on a historic visit to the Muslim-majority country during which the raging issue of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar is likely to figure prominently.A red carpet welcome was accorded to the 80-year-old pontiff who arrived here on a special plane for a three-day visit after wrapping up his Myanmar tour during which he sent out a message that justice and human rights are the foundation of peace, in an apparent reference to the Rohingya crisis.His programmes include a visit to the National Memorial for Liberation War martyrs and Bangabandhu Memorial Museum apart from joining a civic reception at Bangabhaban presidential palace.
However, during the Myanmar visit, he preferred not to use the word “Rohingya” in public, drawing criticism.The Vatican, however, defended his silence, saying the pope wants to “build bridges” with the predominantly Buddhist nation.This is the second visit to Bangladesh by a pope. Pope John Paul II visited the country in 1986.