We have a lot to tell you about in the next 10 minutes, starting with the papal visit to the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, also known as Burma.
Yesterday, Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, became the first pope to visit Myanmar. His three-day stay there will be immediately followed by a trip to neighboring Bangladesh. Both of those countries are involved in the plight of the Rohingya.
This is a Muslim group that`s a minority in Myanmar. The country has a population of more than 55 million, most of them Buddhist, fewer than a million people there are Rohingya. Most of them live in a Western state of Myanmar that partly borders Bangladesh, and more than 623,000 Rohingya have crossed that border into Bangladesh.
The United States, the United Kingdom and the United Nations all accused Myanmar`s military of ethnic cleansing, using violence to rid the country of the Rohingya, Myanmar`s leaders have denied doing this, saying they`re not targeting civilians but instead terrorist who`ve attacked the military.
So, this is one of the issues that`s foremost on the pope`s mind as he stays in Myanmar. In the past, he`s called the Rohingya his persecuted brothers and sisters who are being, quote, tortured and killed. But because Myanmar`s leaders deny that and see the Rohingya as belonging to Bangladesh anyway, experts say the pope will have to discuss the situation very carefully to avoid offending his hosts.