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Pope Francis calls for forgiveness in Myanmar

'Anger not the way' says first pontiff to visit Southeast Asian nation

Pope Francis moves through a crowd at an open-air mass at the Kyaikkasan Grounds stadium in Yangon on Wednesday. (Photo by Thurein Hla Htway)

YANGON -- Pope Francis spoke at an open-air mass in Yangon on Wednesday, calling for "forgiveness and compassion," and telling his audience to reject "anger and revenge," as the country struggles with ethnic strife and the Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis, which has drawn international criticism.

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