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December: Pope Francis asks Rohingya for forgiveness for world's indifference

Pope Francis began the month of December in Bangladesh, where he traveled after his visit to Myanmar. He went through the streets in an interesting popemobile, this rickshaw.

The pope's most touching encounter was this one with Rohingya refugees, whom he asked for forgiveness for the world's indifference to their tragedy. 

“In the name of everyone, of those who have persecuted you, hurt you; above all, for the indifference of the world, I ask for your forgiveness. I'm sorry.”

Back in Rome, Pope Francis said he was “deeply worried” by Donald Trump's decision to move his embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. 

“...that wisdom and prudence prevail to preventnew elements of tension from being added to a global context already convulsed by so many cruel conflicts.”

King Abdullah II of Jordan, guardian of the holy places, also visited the pope to discuss the issue. 

In December, the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, met with Pope Francis. 

“Brother pope...”

“How are you? Good?”

“What a joy!”

As the pope will travel to Chile in January, Evo Morales asked him to intercede so Bolivia can recover the outlet to the sea it lost during the War of the Pacific. 

Christmas at the Vatican has touches from Mexico and Poland this year.

The crafts that decorate the large audience hall are a gift from Mexico.

The 92' tree in St. Peter's Square comes from Poland, as a tribute to John Paul II. 

Since mid-November, the tree has been shining in the square along with this Nativity scene. Both of them brighten the Vatican Christmas