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Pope Francis clears a new path for Christianity in Asia

Vatican watches over minorities while making overtures to China

Pope Francis, right, and Myanmar Buddhist leader Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa, chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, speak in Yangon on Nov. 29.   © Reuters

YANGON/TOKYO On the third day of his recent visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis entered the Kaba Aye Center, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Yangon, with his shoes off in accordance with local customs.

There, he delivered a message: "For when we speak with one voice in affirming the timeless values of justice, peace and the fundamental dignity of each human person, we offer a word of hope." The pope also quoted Buddha himself, advising, "Overcome the angry by non-anger; overcome the wicked by goodness."

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