Headlines from the NPR Online for Wednesday, November 29, 2017
In Myanmar, Pope Calls For Unity And Tolerance, But Doesn’t Mention Rohingya
Pope Francis, delivering a closely watched speech in Myanmar, called on the Southeast Asian country to respect all religious groups. But as some had feared and others had hoped, the pontiff failed to mention by name the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority.
Instead, Francis made thinly veiled references to the ongoing crisis in the country’s western Rakhine state, where the military has reportedly burned whole villages, carried out rape and beaten the Rohingya since August, forcing an estimated 620,000 to flee across the border to neighboring Bangladesh. Both the United Nations and the United States have described what is happening there as “ethnic cleansing.”
“The arduous process of peace-building and national reconciliation can only advance through a commitment to justice and respect for human rights,” the pope said after Myanmar’s nominal leader, Aung San Suu Kyi had made an address.
“Religious differences need not be a source of division and distrust, but rather a force for unity, forgiveness, tolerance and wise nation-building,” he said.
Readings from Proverbs for Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Nearly everyday I hear from my friends in Alcoholics Anonymous about the need to take direction. They know the path to sobriety and new life includes contrary action. When their old way of thinking arises, they choose actions that are contrary to their old addictive thinking.
People in AA would be quite at home with the words of Proverbs.
Proverbs 4.11-13 – I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
Prayers for Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Dear God, we desire to live our lives directed by your wisdom and instruction.