Monday is first visit of a pontiff to Myanmar, but as its leaders stand accused of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people, some Catholics are afraid of a backlash

The signs are cropping up outside the churches: “A heartiest welcome to the Pope”; “Viva Papa Francesco”. In the colonial-era cathedral, pews are being dusted off and fences painted.

Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar, is preparing for Pope Francis, whose arrival on Monday will mark the first visit of a pontiff to the Buddhist-majority nation.

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