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Pope Calls for Inter-religious Dialogue in Burma

29 October 2013

Pope Francis praised Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday for her “non-violent engagement in the cause of peace and democracy,” but urged inter-religious dialogue to end deadly clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in her country. “The pope said he would pray for Myanmar, for inter-religious dialogue in the country. He also said the Church would be at the service of everyone in Myanmar without discriminating,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi was quoted as saying in a report by AFP. This was the first meeting between Francis and Suu Kyi, who has been criticized for not speaking out enough against ethnic and religious tensions in Burma.