DHAKA – Pope Francis met on Friday with 16 members of the mostly Muslim minority Rohingya community, who had travelled to the capital from refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar province.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh over the last few months, escaping sectarian violence and persecution in Myanmar.
The meeting took place at the conclusion of an inter-faith gathering between the pontiff and Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and other Christian representatives.
The group of 16 refugees, made up of three families, met with the pope to tell him about the conditions they have been living with.
The pontiff, in turn, asked for their forgiveness for the injustices that they have suffered from.
Chittagong Bishop Moses M. Costa confirmed to reporters during the morning mass that the Pope had expressed an interest in visiting the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, but said that the government would not permit it.