The Catholic communities in both countries are very small yet the influence of the Church is disproportionately large because of Catholic schools, hospitals and other activities.
Pope Francis pleaded with the international community to assist Bangladesh helping refugees and helping to resolve the crisis in Myanmar that led them to flee.
Catholic social teaching has clear messages of caring for strangers, the importance of hearing their stories and understanding their needs.
"He loved Jesus and his flock more than he loved life. This is the meaning of martyrdom."
The Holy Father asks that we join in prayer that they may find God's consolation and love.
Prayer illuminates one's eyes to know how to see others as God sees them, to love them as he loves them.
Watch video of Pope Francis' Palm Sunday message and prayers for the people of Egypt.
The agency is focused on, as Pope Francis would say, accompaniment. "Our message is clear and simple: You are not alone. We are here, and we love you."
One year after an Indian priest was abducted by suspected Islamic militants in Yemen, Catholics in Kerala are still praying for his release.