As I prepare visit Myanmar, I want to send a word of greeting and friendship to all its people. I look forward to this time we will have together. I am coming to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peaces.
My visit is meant to confirm the Catholic Community of Myanmar in its worship of God and it witness to the Gospel which teaches the dignity of every man and woman. At the same time I wish to visit the nation in a spirit of respect and encouragement for every effort to build harmony and cooperation in the service of the common good.
We are living at a time when religious believers and people of good will everywhere sense the need to grow in mutual understanding and respect and to support each other as members of our one human family. For all of us are God’s children.
I know that many people in Myanmar are working hard to prepare for my visit and I thank them. I ask everyone to pray that my days among you will be a source of hope and encouragement to everyone. Upon you and your families, I invoke the divine blessings of joy and peace.