papal trip

Pope meets generals after brief welcome by children in Myanmar

Pope Francis greeted children as he arrived at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 27. After the welcome at the airport, the pope met with the leaders of the nation's military on what was described as a "courtesy visit." The pope is making a six-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh

YANGON, Myanmar -- Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation's bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar Nov. 27 for a four-day visit.

The arrival ceremony at the Yangon airport was brief and led by an envoy of the president, because the formal welcome was scheduled for the next day in Naypyitaw, which has been the capital since 2005.

Central African Republic faith leaders hope pope helps with peace

OXFORD, England -- Religious leaders in the Central African Republic have predicted the pope's upcoming visit might reconcile opposing factions, three years after a Muslim-led rebellion plunged the country into civil war.

Philippine students inspired by pope's words about emotions, feelings

MANILA, Philippines -- Young people drew inspiration from an encounter with Pope Francis at the University of Santo Tomas.

Rain started to fall the moment the pope took the stage before a sea of young people in bright-colored T-shirts, but the 30,000 students and youth leaders remained rooted in their sections, listening to the pope urging them to cry, to love and to think, feel and act.

Csherina Sanchez said she was inspired by his words.

Pope proclaims Sri Lanka's first saint, right to religious freedom

Pope Francis greeted people as he arrived to celebrate the canonization Mass of St. Joseph Vaz Jan. 14 at Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Canonizing Sri Lanka's first saint, who ministered to Catholics under persecution three centuries earlier, Pope Francis proclaimed what he called the "fundamental human right" of religious freedom.

"Each individual must be free, alone or in association with others, to seek the truth, and to openly express his or her religious convictions, free from intimidation and external compulsion," the pope said Jan. 14, before a congregation of more than 500,000 at a beachfront park on the Indian Ocean.

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