Pope Francis has finally used the term "Rohingya" for the first time during his ending Asian trip.
That the Pontiff himself could now recognize his and other people's shortcomings to ameliorate the condition of the Myanmar Muslim sect, has therefore, become starkly clear.
During his three-day visit to Myanmar earlier this week, Pope Francis fittingly opted not to stir-up any trouble for the one-percent-population Catholics as he heeded the urgings of the local Cardinal not to use the word Rohingya, which is prohibited by Myanmar authorities in preference for the term "Bengalis".
The Pope's refrain affirmed the uphill battle the Rohingya people face toward an identity, a recognition and a nationality since the internationally respected leader of the Catholic Church himself could not even refer to the Muslim minority by name in their own land.
Pope Francis should be accorded credit because he did refer to the Rohingya people by name prior to his Myanmar trip. He again referenced the group at an Interfaith meeting in mostly-Muslim Bangladesh, yesterday. Not in his speech, but in an improvised statement, the BBC-News reported, the Pontiff proclaimed: "The presence of God today is called Rohingya."
Addressing an Interfaith meeting that had in attendance 16-Rohingya refugees, in Bangladesh, where some 620,000 Rohingya have sought refuge since August feeing persecution by the Myanmar army, Pope Francis told the Rohingya people: "In the name of all those who have persecuted you, hurt you, I ask forgiveness...I appeal to your large hearts to give us the forgiveness that we are asking," the BBC-News reported.
Thus, a tall call for forgiveness of the Rohingya people as they remain displaced, stateless and persecuted.