Visit of Pope Francis to Myanmar
- The world’s smallest country is being endowed with lots of characteristics of great virtue. Compared to other nations, its population is infinitesimal, only some 1000 people. The world’s smallest country is a fully independent nation-state. To be exact, it is the ecclesiastical state. It is called Vatican City, the State of the Vatican City, which is the Seat of the Roman Catholic Church. The State of the Vatican City has an area of about 100 acres. It is situated in the territory of Italy, but according to A Treaty of Conciliation signed on 11th November 1929, it stood as the ecclesiastical state. Though being the tiniest country in the world, it represents 1.2 billion Roman Catholic believers around the world.
The Head of the State of the Vatican City is Pope Francis, 266th Pope. Currently, Pope Francis is in Myanmar on a 4-day-official-visit. In Nay Pyi Taw, Pope Francis will receive the welcome from the Guard of Honour and meet with President U Htin Kyaw. Pope Francis will also meet with State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Besides, Pope Francis will make a speech to Members of the Union Government, Diplomats and leaders of civil societies at the MICC-2 (Myanmar International Convention Centre – 2).
Also, Pope Francis will make a prayer service together with adherents of the Roman Catholic Church in the Kyaikkasan Grounds. Similarly, he will visit the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Sayadaws in Kaba Aye on a friendly visit. It is learnt that the Pontiff met with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services. The Papal Visit representing 1.2 billion Roman Catholic followers around the world to Myanmar is not only to meet the believers in Myanmar but also to pay a friendly visit to the State Sangha Maha Nayaka and simultaneously to meet individuals and societies representing the nation including the Myanmar President and the State Counsellor. The visit of the Pope to Myanmar clearly exemplifies how freedom of religion is being practiced in Myanmar and the friendly and generous nature of the people of Myanmar.