YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Catholic authorities in Myanmar and the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will visit Myanmar and Bangladesh starting at the end of November.
The announcement on Monday (Aug. 28) by the Vatican’s press office said the pope will visit the cities of Yangon and Naypyitaw, the capital, during his Nov. 27-30 trip to Myanmar, and Dhaka during his Nov. 30-Dec. 2 visit to Bangladesh.
It will be the first trip by a pope to Myanmar, which is predominantly Buddhist. Pope John Paul II in 1986 visited Bangladesh, a mainly Muslim country.
The pope’s visit to Myanmar comes at