Pope Francis meets with Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's 'Iron Lady'
October 28, 2013 (Romereports.com) Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader from Myanmar, continued her tour through Europe with a stop at the Vatican to meet Pope Francis, who described her as a "symbolâ? of democracy and peace.
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Suu Kyi and the Pope met for twenty minutes. During that time, the Pope's admiration for Myanmar's "Iron Ladyâ? was clear. The two spoke about the value of love and understanding to improve the lives of her people. More concretely, the Pope told her he prays for the Southeast Asian country.
The Vatican also said their meeting was the result of the Pope's appreciation of her resolve and commitment to non-violence, a cause the Pope also shares.
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Following their audience, Suu Kyi introduced the people traveling with her. The Pope then handed them medallions of his pontificate.
The small Catholic Church in Myanmar has actively called out for greater reforms that help out the poorest people in society, and despite religious or ethnic differences. That's a point Pope Francis also pressed. He told Suu Kyi that dialogue between religions was a major part in moving the country forward.