In a Bangladesh meeting, Francis asks for forgiveness from a people being persecuted in Myanmar. In doing so he speaks the group's name, which he had been advised to avoid.
The campaign to push the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority, out of the country continues despite international condemnation.
The country is drawing condemnation for violence that's driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee.
Narratives about his supporters leave out important data; Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi is under pressure to condemn the Rohingya massacre.
She's attracted international attention to her cause, and now she's bringing change to her native Burma, as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi led her political party, the National League for Democracy, to claim 40 of 45 parliamentary seats up for the vote in last weekend's by-elections.
Washington is pleased with Burma. The military-backed government instituted a series of human rights reforms, including a cease-fire with ethnic rebels and the release of allegedly hundreds of political prisoners, that allows the U.S. to do business with the strategically situated Asian country with reduced criticism.
Reports are streaming in that suggest Burmese military authorities have authorized the release of pro-democracy superstar Aung San Suu Kyi after a national election in the junta-led country. Suu Kyi has lived the past seven years under house arrest and 15 of the past 21 years in state-sponsored detention.