Pope Francis’ visit to Myanmar is not just a sign of international solidarity with the persecuted Rohingya Muslims: It is also part of the desperate fight against fanaticism and war driven by religious ideologies. For the abuse of religion for political ends is fueling conflict not only in Myanmar, but worldwide. Read more: Pope faces tightrope act in Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis It is ironic that this should occur in Myanmar of all places, a country that has suffered more than 50 years of military dictatorship. A country, moreover, that is governed by Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi — and the military. Only 10 years ago, tens of thousands of Buddhist monks were protesting against the military regime in Rangoon. Today, many of them back the military. The nationalist monk U Thuseitta told the press: “I believe the military when they say that the Rohingya are setting fire to their own houses.” Read more: Rohingya: Myanmar and Bangladesh sign deal to repatriate refugees Soft-spoken preachers of hate In this tense situation, Pope Francis now wants to appeal to the consciences of the radical religious leaders. He wants to speak out against religious fanaticism, which often supports the interests… Read full this story
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