Pope meets refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh

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Dhaka, Bangladesh (NBC) -- Pope Francis blesses a delegation of Rohingya refugees Friday in Bangladesh. Francis asked for forgiveness from the refugees for all the hurt and persecution they have suffered. He demanded their rights be recognized by the international community and said the word that he avoided earlier while in Myanmar. Francis used the word 'Rohingya.'
He blessed a group of 16 Rohingya. He held their hands and listened to their stories. He said, "the presence of god today is also called Rohingya."
An estimated 620,000 Rohingya, who are Muslim, fled predominately Buddhist Myanmar in what the United Nations calls a campaign of ethnic clearing by Myanmar's military.
The army denies the charge saying they are only dealing with radicals.