Both Asian countries have very small Christian communities, and even smaller Catholic ones.
“Christian peace is founded on Love,” says the statement released by the Vatican. Love, which the people of Myanmar value most, will pave the way to peace.
“They are good people, peaceful people; they aren’t Christians, but they are good. And they have suffered for years,” he said, “tortured and killed” simply for carrying forward their traditions and Muslim faith.
Those flying from Myanmar to Bangladesh have had little relief, since they are not recognized as refugees in the country.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, has a majority Muslim population, and the estimated 350,000 Catholics represent less than 0.2 percent of the 163 million total.
In both countries the systemic discrimination in employment and poverty among Christians is widespread.