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Pope Francis arrives in Burma

The Pope faces a balancing act as the plight of the Rohingya continues to make headlines

But hardliners say they will protest if the Pope says or does anything ‘unexpected and unacceptable’

The visit is reportedly being planned to mark the three nations’ declaration of independence from Russia

General Min Aung Hlaing heads the military, which remains highly influential in the country

The group has also warned of terror attacks at Christmas time

It seeks to obliterate the past, eradicate cultural differences and leads to persecution, the Pope said

Pope Benedict’s ‘prayer and his discreet and encouraging presence accompany us on our common journey,’ Pope Francis said

Cardinal Sergio da Rocha will take one of the most important roles in organising the synod

The Pope marked the first World Day of the Poor with a Mass attended by 6,000 poor and homeless people

Francis will visit the Buddhist-majority country later this month