Accused of not doing enough to curb persecution of Rohingya Muslims, the Burmese leader may be hoping divine intervention can win her breathing space

Pope Francis has been a vocal critic of Myanmar’s harsh treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority population, a cause of growing friction with western countries and the UN.

So at first glance, Monday’s Vatican announcement that Myanmar has invited him make the first ever papal visit to the predominantly Buddhist nation in November seems puzzling.

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