Preaching to some 150,000 Catholics in Yangon's Kyaikkasan Ground Park, Pope Francis underscored that the Christian way is to respond to hatred and violence with "forgiveness and compassion."
"I know that many in Myanmar bear the wounds of violence, wounds both visible and invisible," the Pope declared.
"We think that healing can come from anger and revenge. Yet the way of revenge is not the way of Jesus."
"Many of you have come from far and remote mountainous areas, some even on foot," the Pope said.
"I have come as a fellow pilgrim to listen and to learn from you, as well as to offer you some words of hope and consolation".
Symbolically, the sermon was held in Yangton, Myanmar's largest city, which was formerly known as Rangoon, literally "the End of Strife."
Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country, where only about 660,000 of the nation's 52 million people identify as Catholic.
The conflict, which has already taken lives of over 2,000 people and displaced about 650,000 others, has caused an outrage in the international community.
Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that "it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya."
A number of international human rights NGOs, including Amnesty International, branded the Myanmar government as "apartheid."
As part of his official visit, the Pope met with the embattled Myanmar leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been pressured to voice her opposition to the largely autonomous Myanmar military's actions.
During the press conference this Tuesday, the Pope stated that rights of all Myanmar people- "none excluded"- should respected, yet he avoided to refer to the Rohingya by name, disappointing many human rights activists.
However, the pontiff's next stop after Myanmar is Bangladesh, the main destination for the Rohingya fleeing the conflict, where the Pope is expected to meet some refugees from Rakhine State.
Pope Francis Didn't use the term #Rohingya in his speech to Myanmar's leadership. He is the holiest man in the world but it's #So_Sad to see that even the holiest man cannot call our identity.#rohingyaMassacre#BudhTerrorism#RohingyaGenocide@ela_mishra— Ayaz_Ahmad (@Ayaz_Ind) 29 ноября 2017 г.
Pathetic: Pope Francis in Myanmar failed to mention the Rohingya. The military is committing ethnic cleansing against a people, and he won't even name those people. https://t.co/f5YTmDt76l pic.twitter.com/47BNCos7nM— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) 28 ноября 2017 г.
Pope Francis should condemn atrocities and persecución against Rohingya, and urge military to halt ongoing ethnic cleansing.— tomas ojea quintana (@tojeaquintana) 28 ноября 2017 г.
While we focus on whether Pope Francis says or does not say Rohingya, worth noting that Rohingya need concrete help and aid and assistance, not just symbolic statements.— Joe Freeman (@joefree215) 29 ноября 2017 г.