- January 17, 2018
The brief ceremony took place at an altitude of 36,000 feet (11,000 meters) on a two-hour flight taking the pope from the capital Santiago to the northern city of Iquique
Pope Francis vowed to ensure the child abuse at the hands of clergy would never happen again
Protests are expected on issues ranging from indigenous rights to an ongoing sexual abuse scandal in the church
At his last public event of the year, an evening vespers service in St Peter’s Basilica, the pontiff said that humanity had ‘wasted and wounded’ the year ‘in many ways with works of death, with lies and injustices’
Pope also urging the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics not to ignore migrants
‘So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary,’ the Argentine pontiff, himself the grandson of Italian migrants, told worshippers in Saint Peter’s Basilica
Let us come together so that we may look forward to a year of inclusion and harmony, and remember that the Christmas spirit is one of sharing and giving
Francis did not use the word Rohingya in public while on the first leg of the trip in Myanmar
In Bangladesh he addressed the issue head-on, meeting a group of Rohingya refugees from the squalid camps in southern Bangladesh in an emotional encounter in Dhaka
Pope Francis concluded his speech at a gathering of students on the Notre Dame College ground in Dhaka by saying ‘God Bless Bangladesh’ in Bengali.
The supreme Catholic leader visited a hospital in Dhaka run by the order of Mother Theresa on the final day of his visit to Bangladesh.
The leaders of top three political parties in Bangladesh did not attempt to meet with Pope Francis during his visit to Bangladesh
The Pope prayed for safe repatriation of the Rohingya refugees
The Rohingya refugees who met the pope on Friday said they would not risk going back to their homeland without assurances for their safety
‘Today the presence of God is also called Rohingya,’ the pope said.
Pope Francis and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina exchanged greetings, followed by their 20-minute private conversation.
Francis grasped their hands and listened intently as they recounted their experiences to him, through an interpreter.
Francis isn’t the first pope to ride a rickshaw, however. St John Paul II rode in one when he visited Bangladesh in 1986.
Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar on November 30 for the second stage of a visit that has been overshadowed by the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees
More than 100,000 people attended the Mass in Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan Park where Francis arrived in an open popemobile