Pope calls for Myanmar military to release detained leaders

Pope Francis has called for the immediate release of Myanmar politicians who were detained in a military coup one week ago. Speaking at his annual reception for foreign diplomats posted to the Vatican, the leader of the Catholic Church said Myanmar’s turmoil was on his mind. “The path of democratization of recent years was abruptly interrupted by the coup last week,” the pope said. “In the process, some leaders were arrested, and I hope they will be released immediately as an encouraging sign of honest dialogue for the good of the country.” The South-East Asian country’s military detained lead…

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