Pope: 'I kneel on the streets of Myanmar and say stop the violence'

Reuters , Wednesday 17 Mar 2021

Speaking at the end of his general audience, Francis said those who have died there have done so 'to offer hope to their country'

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File Photo: Pope Francis holds a mass to mark 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, March 14, 2021. REUTERS

Pope Francis appealed on Wednesday for an end to bloodshed in Myanmar, saying "Even I kneel on the streets of Myanmar and say 'stop the violence'".

Speaking at the end of his general audience, Francis said those who have died there have done so "to offer hope to their country". More than 180 protesters have been killed as security forces try to crush a wave of demonstrations since a Feb. 1 coup.

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