In his speech during a meeting with members of the civil society and diplomatic corps in Naypyitaw he said Myanmar is suffering from civil conflict and hostilities that have lasted all too long and created deep divisions.

He said religious differences need not be a source of division and distrust.

The pope’s visit to Myanmar comes after an exodus of more than 620,000 Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state to the southern tip of Bangladesh following a military crackdown that the United States last week branded “ethnic cleansing”. (Reuters)