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« Reply #5760 on: November 21, 2017, 06:04:28 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/21/pope_francis_cultural_colonization_ends_in_persecution/1350251

Pope Francis: Cultural colonization ends in persecution
21/11/2017 13:11

(Vatican Radio) Cultural and ideological colonization does not tolerate differences and makes everything the same, resulting in the persecution even of believers. Those were Pope Francis’ reflections in his homily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, which centered on the martyrdom of Eleazar, narrated in the book of Maccabees from the First Reading (Maccabees 6: 18-31).

The Pope noted that there are three main types of persecution: a purely religious persecution; a “mixed” persecution that has both religious and political motivations, like the Thirty Years War or the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre”; and a kind of cultural persecution, when a new culture comes in wanting “to make everything new and to make a clean break with everything: the cultures, the laws and the religions of a people.” It is this last type of persecution that led to the martyrdom of Eleazar.

The account of this persecution began in the reading from Monday’s liturgy. Some of the Jewish people, seeing the power and the magnificent beauty of Antiochus Ephiphanes (a Greek king of the Seleucid Empire), wanted to make an alliance with him. They wanted to be up-to-date and modern, and so they approached the king and asked him to allow them “to introduce the pagan institutions of other nations” among their own people. Not necessarily the ideas or gods of those nations, the Pope noted, but the institutions. In this way, this people brought in a new culture, “new institutions” in order to make a clean break with everything: their “culture, religion, law.” This modernizing, this renewal of everything, the Pope emphasized, is a true ideological colonization that wanted to impose on the people of Israel “this unique practice,” according to which everything was done in a particular way, and there was no freedom for other things. Some people accepted it because it seemed good to be like the others; and so the traditions were left aside, and the people begin to live in a different way.
 
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« Reply #5761 on: November 21, 2017, 06:12:37 PM »

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http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/21/pope_francis_sends_video_message_to_the_people_of_bangladesh/1350226

Pope Francis sends video message to the people of Bangladesh
21/11/2017 12:05

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a video message of greetings and blessings to the people of Bangladesh as he prepares to undertake a 3-day apostolic journey to the nation from the 30 November to 2 December. It comes as the second leg of a journey that also takes him to Myanmar from 27 to 30 November.

In his message the Pope said he is looking forward to being with the people of Bangladesh and to proclaim the Gospel message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace.

He highlighted the significance of a scheduled meeting with religious leaders and said that “We live in times in which believers and men of goodwill in all places are called to promote reciprocal understanding and respect and to sustain each other as members of one human family.”

Dear Friends,

As I prepare to visit Bangladesh in a few days’ time, I wish to send a message of greeting and friendship to entire population. I look forward to the moment in which we shall be together.
 
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« Reply #5762 on: November 22, 2017, 05:29:16 PM »

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Pope: Every Mass means entering into the Risen Lord's victory
22/11/2017 11:07

Pope Francis during his weekly general audience - ANSA
In his continuing catechesis on the Eucharist during his General Audience, Pope Francis on Wednesday reflected on the Mass “as the memorial of Christ’s passover from death to life.”

The Pope explained that in the Bible, a “memorial” is more than a mere remembrance of a past event; It is he said, “the making present of that event, which enables us to share in its saving power.”

Jesus, the Holy Father stressed, pours out his mercy upon us at every celebration of the Eucharist, “in order to renew our hearts, our lives and our entire world.”

Every Mass, said Pope Francis, is a ray of the sun where there is no sunset and participating in this celebration, especially on Sunday, means entering into the Risen Lord's victory, and being illuminated by his light…”
 
https://zenit.org/articles/popes-catechesis-series-on-mass-continues/
Pope’s Catechesis: Series on Mass Continues 
November 22, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8VHsCZRl2I
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« Reply #5763 on: November 22, 2017, 06:05:04 PM »

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China and Vatican host joint art exhibition to repair diplomatic ties
22 November 2017 | by Christopher Lamb   

PICTURE: Montagna Sacra ©Vatican museum
Beauty and art are truly a vehicle of dialogue. This is the key of the success that we, at the Vatican Museums, love to call the ‘diplomacy of art’

The Holy See and China will jointly host two art exhibitions next year in the latest attempt to repair their diplomatic ties


Forty items will be exchanged between Beijing and the Vatican Museums in March next year with one show opening in the Forbidden City and the other in the Vatican’s ethnological museums, a lesser known part of its cultural treasury but holding tens of thousands of priceless artefacts from all over the world.

The Vatican is making available artwork from its vast collection of Chinese bronzes, ceramics and paintings, while China is offering sumptuous items from various museums around the country, including work by the painter by Zhang Yan - who has already made a gift of two oil paintings to Pope Francis.

“Beauty and art are truly a vehicle of dialogue,” said Barbara Jatta, the director of the Vatican Museums. “This is the key of the success that we, at the Vatican Museums, love to call the ‘diplomacy of art’.”

Behind the initiative is the Holy See’s hope that it can re-establish diplomatic relations with Beijing, which were severed by the communist country in 1951. Speaking to journalists in the Vatican this week, Zhu Jiancheng, the Secretary General of the China Culture Investment Fund, said he hoped the exhibitions would promote friendship and the “normalisation of diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican.”
 
China is not the only country where the Holy See is using its art for diplomatic endeavours. The museums recently loaned paintings by Raphael, Caravaggio and Poussin for an exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and in August Russian President Vladimir Putin said that next year Russia will reciprocate, with a show to opened at the Vatican entitled “The Spiritual Heritage of Russian Art from Icon Painting to Avant-Garde.”
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« Reply #5764 on: November 22, 2017, 06:29:05 PM »

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Pope to meet Myanmar's top military leader on advice of Cardinal Bo
22 November 2017 | by Christopher Lamb   

PICTURE: Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing (R, front) and Aung San Suu Kyi (L, front)
Vatican says Pope took Cardinal Bo’s request to not mention Rohingya 'very seriously' but did not say what Francis will do

Pope Francis has decided to meet Myanmar’s top military leader when he visits the country next week, in what is going to be one of the most diplomatically tense trips of his papacy. 

Holy See spokesman Greg Burke said that on the advice of Cardinal Charles Bo Francis has decided to see General Min Aung Hlaing privately on 30 November and will have an extra meeting with other religious leaders of the country


When he arrives in Yangon on Monday 27 November, Francis will make history as the first Pope ever to visit the country formerly known as Burma but his arrival comes in the midst of a humanitarian crisis with thousands of Rohingya Muslims being driven out of the country and into Bangladesh.

Myanmar’s cardinal, who met with the Pope last Saturday, where he recommended that Francis meet with the country’s military chief and also avoid using the word Rohingya, when describing the plight of Muslims in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state.
 
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« Reply #5765 on: November 23, 2017, 01:10:55 PM »

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Pope Mass: Ideological colonization erases freedom, memory
23/11/2017 11:58

(Vatican Radio) Removing freedom, erasing memory, indoctrinating young people are the three indicators of cultural and ideological colonization throughout the ages. Those were the Pope's words as he returned to the subject of cultural and ideological colonization this Thursday morning during his homily at the Casa Santa Marta, inspired once again by the readings of the week, which recount the persecution of King Antiochus Epiphanes against the Maccabees who are faithful to the law of the Fathers.

Look what happens to the people of God, "said Pope Francis," every time there is a new dictatorship on Earth that is a cultural or ideological colonization. "Think, the Pope noted, without making names, to what the dictatorships of the last century did in Europe and the indoctrination in schools that have arisen:”

"Freedom is taken away, history, people’s memory is deconstructed, and an educational system is imposed on young people. Everyone: Everyone does this. Even with kid gloves on, so: I know a country, a nation that asks for a loan, '(and the answer is)  “I will give you the loan, but [in return] you, in your schools, have to teach this, and this, and this,'; books that have erased all that God has created and how he has created it. They erase the differences, eliminate history: from today you have to start thinking in this way. Those who do not think like this are cast aside, even persecuted. "
 
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« Reply #5766 on: November 23, 2017, 01:15:31 PM »

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Pope: Franciscan "littleness" is a place of encounter
23/11/2017 12:41

A group of Franciscan friars (file photo). On Thursday, Pope Francis met with members of the First Order, and of the Third Order Regulars at the Vatican. - AFP
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with members of the Franciscan family on Thursday, receiving members of the First Order and of the Third Order Regulars in an audience in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican.

In his address to the Franciscans, the Holy Father emphasized the Order’s proper name, the Order of Friars Minor. The word ‘minor’ is an essential aspect of their religious life, he said; and so that they are not simply religious brothers, but “minor” brothers.

Saint Francis’ inspiration to name his religious brothers “friars minor,”  the Pope said, came from his desire to make Christ and the Gospel the foundation of his life. Although not lacking ascetic and social motivations, it comes primarily from a contemplation of Christ, the Son of God, who “though He was rich, made himself poor.” The logic of “spoliation” was literally lived out by St Francis when he stripped himself completely of all earthly goods, in order to give himself entirely to God.
 
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http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/23/pope_francis_a_prayer_for_peace_throughout_the_world/1350786

Pope Francis: a prayer for peace throughout the world
23/11/2017 15:59

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis led a prayer service in St Peter’s Basilica on Thursday evening, for the intention of peace in the world – and especially for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Organized by “Solidarity with South Sudan” in association with the Justice and Peace office of religious organizations worldwide, the event in St. Peter’s was part of a worldwide initiative inviting Christians everywhere to join in prayer for peace.
 
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/23/pope_francis_homily_for_prayer_service_for_peace/1350755
Pope Francis: Homily for Prayer Service for Peace
23/11/2017 14:25

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2017.11.23 - Prayer Celebration for Peace in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo 
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WITH COMMENTARY - Pope Francis presides at a Prayer Celebration for Peace in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo
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« Reply #5768 on: November 24, 2017, 02:40:46 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/24/pope_francis_santa_marta_mass/1350945

Pope Mass: Our churches should be for service, not supermarkets
24/11/2017 13:41

Pope Francis on Friday suggested watchfulness, service and gratuitousness as three attitudes that can help us keep clean the temple of the Holy Spirit.  He made the exhortation in his homily at the morning Mass in the chapel of the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta residence.

The Pope was reflecting on the first reading from the Book of the Maccabees where Judas and his brothers were re-consacrating the temple desecrated by the pagans, and the Gospel reading where Jesus was driving out merchants from the temple, that was transformed into a den of thieves.
 
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« Reply #5769 on: November 24, 2017, 02:45:24 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/24/pope_with_commission_with_assyrian_church_of_the_east/1351039

Pope meets dialogue Commission with Assyrian Church of the East
24/11/2017 16:35

Pope Francis with Joint Commission members
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Friday received in audience the members of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East.

In greetings to the Commission, the Pope thanked God "for today’s signing of the Joint Declaration."

"We can now look to the future with even greater confidence and I ask the Lord that your continuing work may help bring about that blessed and long-awaited day when we will have the joy of celebrating, at the same altar, our full communion in Christ’s Church," he said.

The full text of the Pope's address is below:
 
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« Reply #5770 on: November 24, 2017, 02:52:47 PM »

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Pope's message for 2018 World Day of Peace is released
24/11/2017 10:37

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ message for the celebration of the 2018 World Day of Peace was released on Friday during a press conference at the Holy See Press Office.

The message entitled Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in search of Peace is divided into six sections with the first offering heartfelt good wishes for peace and inviting people of good will to embrace those fleeing war, hunger and persecution.

The message also poses the question, why so many migrants and refugees? Pope Francis answers this by considering the many conflicts forcing people to leave their homelands, but he notes also the desire for a better life.

The Holy Father notes that some people consider the growth in migration as a threat..  But, “for my part, he says, I ask you to view it with confidence, as an opportunity to build peace.”

Peace points

Contained in the 4th section of the message under the theme, “four mileposts for action”, the Pope points out what is needed in order for migrants and refugees to find the peace they seek is a strategy combining four actions: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.

Looking at the situation from an international perspective, Pope Francis expresses the hope that this spirit of welcome and integration, “will guide the process that in the course of 2018 will lead the United Nations to draft and approve two Global Compacts, one for safe, orderly and regular migration and the other for refugees.”

Common Home

Finally, the Holy Father draws inspiration from Saint John Paul II  with these words. “If the ‘dream’ of a peaceful world is shared by all, if the refugees’ and migrants’ contribution is properly evaluated, then humanity can become more and more a universal family and our earth a true ‘common home’.”

Please find below the message of  Pope Francis for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, 1 January 2018
 
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« Reply #5771 on: November 24, 2017, 03:00:42 PM »

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Kofi Annan shares hopes for Pope Francis' visit to Myanmar
24/11/2017 10:00

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis leaves for Myanmar on Sunday at the start of a first ever visit to the country, formerly known as Burma. The nation, which recently emerged from over half a century of military rule, includes over 130 different ethnic groups, many of which have been in conflict with the government for decades.

Last August, following an attack on a police post in northern Rakhine state, the military led a campaign of bombing and burning villages, causing hundreds of thousands of Muslims to flee across the border into Bangladesh.

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan met earlier this month with Pope Francis to discuss global concerns, including the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. After the audience, he talked to Philippa Hitchen about his hopes for a return to peace and stability in Rakhine state, as well as his expectations for the pope’s visit to the country…..
 
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« Reply #5772 on: November 25, 2017, 10:05:24 PM »

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Pope: Pastoral Consolation, the goal of new matrimonial norms
25/11/2017 13:02

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday addressed the participants of a training course for clerics and laity held by the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota.

In his prepared remarks, Pope Francis focused on new matrimonial norms and Super Rato procedures
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In particular the Pope said, “it is necessary to give greater attention and proper analysis to the two recent motu proprios: Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus and Mitis et misericors Iesus, in order to apply the new procedures that have been established.”

Spirit of the Synod

These two measures, he said arose “from a synodal context, and are the expression of a synodal path.” The Pope explained that the Synod had the purpose of promoting and defending marriage and the Christian family.
 

https://zenit.org/articles/popes-audience-with-tribunal-of-the-roman-rota/
Pope’s Audience with Tribunal of the Roman Rota 
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« Reply #5773 on: November 25, 2017, 10:11:57 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/25/pope_sends_telegramme_of_condolence__following_terror_attack/1351089

Pope sends telegramme of condolence following terror attacks in Egypt
25/11/2017 08:02

The exterior of Al Rawdah mosque - REUTERS
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegramme of condolence for Friday's attack on a mosque in Egypt, saying he was "profoundly grieved to learn of the great loss of life caused by the terrorist attacks on Rawda mosque in North Sinai".
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Signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, the telegramme says, "In expressing his solidarity with the Egyptian people at this hour of national mourning, [Pope Francis] commends the victims to the mercy of the Most High God and invokes divine blessings of consolation and peace upon their families."

The Pope ​also ​ renewed "his firm condemnation of this wanton act of brutality directed at innocent civilians gathered in prayer".

Finally, Pope Francis said he joins "all people of good will in imploring that hearts hardened by hatred will learn to renounce the way of violence that leads to such great suffering, and embrace the way of peace."
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http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/26/pope_at_angelus_we_will_be_judged_on_love/1351275

Pope at Angelus: We will be judged on love
26/11/2017 12:17

The Apostolic Palace, where Pope Francis addresses the crowds each week ahead of prayer of the Angelus. On Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the last judgment, the subject of the day's Gosepl.
(Vatican Radio) In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the last judgement, the subject of the day’s Gospel reading.

He noted that this is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the day on which the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe. Christ’s kingship, he said, is one “of guidance and service, but it is also a kingship that at the end of time will be asserted in judgement.” The vision of the second coming of Christ, presented in the Gospel, introduces the final judgment, when all of humanity will appear before Him, and Jesus, exercising His authority, will separate one from another, “as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.”
 
https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-on-the-solemnity-of-christ-king-of-the-universe/
Angelus Address: On the Solemnity of Christ King of the Universe 
November 26, 2017

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« Reply #5775 on: November 26, 2017, 03:36:09 PM »

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Pope prepares for Journey to Myanmar and Bangladesh
26/11/2017 13:13

Map of Pope Francis Apostolic Journey to Myanmar and Bangladesh - ANSA
(Vatican Radio) On Saturday evening, Pope Francis made his customary visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore ahead of his departure for Myanmar and Bangladesh.

 The Holy Father routinely goes to the Basilica to pray to Mary before departing on his various Apostolic Journeys. At the Basilica, Pope Francis typically lays a bouquet of flowers before the icon of Our Lady Salus populi Romani (“health/salvation of the Roman people”).

Later on Sunday, following the traditional Angelus in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis mentioned his upcoming Journey. Speaking to pilgrims present for the Angelus, the Holy Father said, “I ask you to accompany me with prayer, that my presence might be for those peoples [of Myanmar and Bangladesh] a sign of closeness and of hope.”
 
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Myanmar prepares for first ever papal visit
26/11/2017 06:39

A billboard in Yangon welcoming Pope Francis to Myanmar - REUTERS
(Vatican Radio) Myanmar is gearing up for the arrival of Pope Francis on Monday afternoon, although a first glance around the cities of Yangon and the capital Naypyitaw show few signs of any major preparations.

Philippa Hitchen has been travelling around the country, in preparation for this pastoral visit and reports on the expectations of the Catholic community ahead of the pope's arrival.

One or two isolated posters and billboards can be spotted around the central St Mary’s cathedral in Yangon and the adjacent archbishop’s house where the pope will be staying for the duration of this three day visit. Further out of the centre, away from the shopping malls and smart hotels, in the townships that make up the sprawling metropolis, the other Catholic parishes have also been preparing for this first ever papal visit to the largely Buddhist nation.

Christians in northern Kachin state

Eager pilgrims have been converging on Yangon from other cities too, especially from the northern Kachin state where the majority of Christians are located. I visited Bishop Francis Tang from the diocese of Myitkyina there, watching busloads of men, women and children gathering with their bags on the grass outside his church, in preparation for the two day journey down south. The bishops say up to 200.000 people are expected to attend the main papal events, including pilgrims from neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines.

Myanmar's many ethnic minorities
 
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« Reply #5777 on: November 26, 2017, 09:59:20 PM »

Papal visit  to Myanmar and Bangladesh -- November 27 to December 2

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2017/pope-adds-meetings-including-with-general-to-myanmar-itinerary.cfm

Pope adds meetings, including with general, to Myanmar itinerary
11.22.2017 10:07 AM ET

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Accepting suggestions by Myanmar's cardinal, Pope Francis has added two private meetings to the schedule for his visit to the country: one with religious leaders and the other with the commander of the military, who wields great political power in the country.

Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, said Pope Francis will meet Nov. 28 with representatives of various religions present in Myanmar and Nov. 30 with Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. Burke also said the public Mass in Yangon Nov. 29 will begin an hour earlier than originally scheduled because of the heat.
 
Below is the revised schedule for Pope Francis' visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh. Time listed are local with Eastern Standard Time in parentheses.

Sunday, Nov. 26 (Rome)

-- 9:40 p.m. (3:40 p.m.) Departure from Rome's Fiumicino airport.

Monday, Nov. 27 (Yangon)

-- 1:30 p.m. (2 a.m.) Arrival at Yangon International Airport.
 
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« Reply #5778 on: November 27, 2017, 05:41:39 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/27/myanmar_journey_pope_arrives_in_myanmar/1351397

Pope Francis arrives in Yangon on Apostolic Visit to Myanmar
27/11/2017 11:40

Pope Francis is greeted at Yangon's airport by several children from Myanmar - AP
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis arrived in Yangon on Monday afternoon to crowds of cheering and dancing faithful, as he begins his Apostolic Journey to Myanmar.

The Holy Father was greeted at Yangon's airport by the Apostolic Nuncio to Myanmar, Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, and the country's bishops.

Also welcoming the Pope was a state delegate representing Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw.

Hundreds of faithful robed in traditional dress lined the streets to express their joy for Pope Francis' arrival through dance and song.

Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass in private at the Archbishop of Yangon's residence before having dinner and resting for the remainder of the day.

He flies on Tuesday to Myanmar's capital, Nay Pyi Taw, where he will make a courtesy visit to the president and meet with State officials and members of civil society.
 
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Catholics from across Myanmar in Yangon for Pope Francis' arrival
27/11/2017 12:28

Pope Francis is greeted by cheering, flag waving crowds as he arrives in Yangon's city centre - AP
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis arrived on Monday in Yangon, where he was greeted by Myanmar’s political and religious authorities, as well as by crowds of ordinary people who lined the road to the archbishop’s residence where he’ll be staying for the three-day visit.

Philippa Hitchen is in Yangon to report on this papal journey and was among the crowds waiting for the Pope and his entourage to arrive in the city centre.

It’s stiflingly hot here in downtown Yangon, but that didn’t stop thousands of people crowding into the city to line parts of the route where the papal motorcade passed by today, on its way from the airport to the archbishop’s house. While I’d forgotten to put any sunscreen on, almost everyone here uses the pale yellow juice of a local plant smeared on their cheeks to protect them from the sun’s rays. They’d come from all across the country, especially from the northern states where the majority of Christians live, largely in isolated, rural or mountain villages.

‘Peace and Love’ logo

Their excitement was palpable as they waved Vatican or Myanmar national flags, waiting for the pope to pass by. Many were dressed in traditionally embroidered tops and ‘longyis’, those brightly coloured lengths of cloth that everyone – women and men – wear wrapped around them here. Others sported hats and T-shirts bearing the words ‘Love and Peace’, the logo for this trip, depicted above a multi-coloured outline of the country, to signify the 135 ethnic groups that make up this south-east Asian country.
 

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Vatican releases logos for Pope Francis' visit to Bangladesh, Myanmar
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