Pope Francis will next month meet Myanmar's top Buddhist monks, its military generals and civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi when he visits that country and Bangladesh, both of which are caught up in a crisis over the Rohingya Muslim minority.
According to a programme of the trip from November 26 to December 2, released yesterday by the Vatican, the Pope will say two Masses in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and one in Bangladesh, which is predominantly Muslim.
Francis will be the first pope to visit Myanmar and the second to visit Bangladesh, after Pope John Paul's trip in 1986....
John, he's only following the ecumenical path paved by Pope John Paul II back in the 80's.
Antipope John Paul II, Angelus Address, Oct. 12, 1986: ‚ÄúIn a few days we shall go to Assisi, representatives of the Catholic Church, of other Christian Churches and ecclesial communities, and of the great religions of the world, I issued this invitation to ‚Äėbelievers of all religions.‚ÄĚ
He held another pagan prayer meeting in Assissi in 2002, and among others, invited a vodoo high priest to the pulpit to pray.
In both of these meetings, 100 religious leaders from around the world were invited to pray, and several invited to place their god's on the pulpit. Buddhists, mNnks, African witch doctor's, Shintoists, Taoists, Muslims, you name it, they were there, and he even allowed the mark of the adorers of the Hindu God, Shiva, to be placed on his forehead which there's a photo of.
After all, according to him, we all pray to the same God, but have different paths to Heaven.