Pope Francis on Friday for the first time used the word 'Rohingya' during his tour to Asia to refer to refugees who have fled in large numbers from violence in Myanmar.
'The presence of God today is also called Rohingya,' he said in an improvised remark after meeting 16 refugees brought to the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka from their camps in Cox's Bazar near the border with Myanmar.
He also said, 'In the name of all of 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 pope looked sombre as each member of the group, which included 12 men and four women, including two young girls, told him their stories through interpreters at the end of the gathering.
before this trip he did not use the word Rohingya to describe the refugees. The term 'Rohingya' is disputed by the Yangon government and military.