Pope Francis Meets Myanmar’s Military Chief

Pope Francis. Photo: Long Thiên, Flickr

Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar on Monday where he met with the country’s military chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and other officials.

“There was talk about the country’s authorities’ great responsibility in this moment of transition,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said commenting on the meeting.

According to the Vatican, three other officials from Myanmar’s bureau of special operations participated in the talks that lasted about 15 minutes.

General Min Aung Hlaing, 61, has been in charge of operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The violence against Rohingya Muslims in the area forced more than 620,000 people to flee to Bangladesh, according to the U.N.