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Pope Francis asks Catholics to pray for Asia

Via video, pope calls for mutual understanding among Christians and followers of other religions

Pope Francis asks Catholics to pray for Asia

Pope Francis will be visiting Myanmar, Nov. 27 to 30 and then proceed to neighboring Bangladesh  Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. (Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)

November 6, 2017

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Pope Francis has released a video message where he asks Catholics to pray for Asia, an enormous continent where Christians are a minority.

"The most striking feature of Asia is the variety of its peoples who are heirs to ancient cultures, religions and traditions," says the pope in the video message which is part of his monthly prayer intention dedicated to November.

"On this continent, where the church is a minority, the challenges are intense. We must promote dialogue among religions and cultures," Pope Francis says.

"Dialogue is an essential part of the mission of the church in Asia," he says.

"Let us pray that Christians in Asia may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions."

There are more than 141 million Catholics in Asia's 48 countries, including regions where being Catholic runs the risk of persecution.

Pope Francis is visiting two Asian nations — Myanmar and Bangladesh — later this month.

This month's intention is for Evangelization: To witness to the Gospel in Asia.

The intentions are entrusted each month to the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network and The Pope Video which produced the video below by in collaboration with the Vatican Television Center. These videos are made with a focus on the challenges facing humanity.

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