- Jun 17, 2021
With public backlash expected to rise as the trial of Myanmar’s ousted democratic leader looms, the nation’s bishops have made an appeal to the military to cease targeting places of worship and to allow humanitarian aid to reach at-risk populations.
On the same day that Pope Francis urged participation in a prayer initiative for the troubled nations of Myanmar and the Holy Land, another church was destroyed in the southern Burmese state of Kayah, marking the sixth such attack in just two weeks.
Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, pleaded for an end to violence after a deadly mortar attack in his country claimed the lives of four people sheltering in a church.
The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace invited Catholics in the United States to offer prayers for the people of China and the well-being of the Catholic Church in that country May 23-30.
Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon has encouraged Catholics to say the rosary and participate in eucharistic adoration for peace and justice in military-ruled Myanmar.
In his Easter message, Myanmar Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon drew a parallel between Jesus’s own suffering and death and his country’s fight for democracy.
International Catholic organizations are condemning the actions of the Myanmar military, which has continued to crack down on protesters since its Feb. 1 coup.
The United Nations and human right groups have strongly condemned the worsening bloodshed in Myanmar as at least 38 people were killed in the military’s crackdown on protesters March 14.