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Pope voices ‘solidarity with people of Myanmar’

Pope Francis expresses “solidarity with the people of Myanmar” following last week’s military coup, urging the army to work toward “democratic coexistence” as thousands demonstrate in the streets.

The pope speaks as tens of thousands of protesters pour on to the streets of Yangon in the biggest rally yet against the military coup.

“I pray that those in power in the country will work… towards the common good,” he says from the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square after his recital of the Angelus prayer.

The pope, who visited Myanmar in 2017, calls for “social justice, national stability and harmonious democratic coexistence.”

There have been reports of large protests today against the military regime in several cities across Myanmar.

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