Pope defends Myanmar silence, says he spoke truth in private

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Pope Francis pauses during a news conference on board a flight to return to Rome, Saturday.

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis on Saturday defended his silence in Myanmar over the plight of Rohingya refugees, saying a public denunciation would have “slammed the door in the face” of his hosts and prevented his message from being heard.