- Jul 31, 2021
Myanmar’s top ecclesial authority has urged citizens and the government to set differences aside and join forces in fighting the spread of the coronavirus, voicing hope that collaboration in this regard will bring healing and unity in a divided nation.
In his Sunday homily, Myanmar Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon urged citizens to hold onto hope as fighting in the country escalates and to pray for the leaders of the nation’s violent coup, insisting that hatred will never lead to a solution.
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.
An expert on Chinese affairs has called Jesuit Father Stephen Chow, the newly-named bishop of Hong Kong, a balanced choice for the Vatican as it attempts to navigate the complicated and rapidly changing on-the-ground status of the territory.
A young priest from Myanmar has thanked Pope Francis for his frequent and vocal calls for peace as citizens continue to die protesting for democracy, saying the pope’s support has given people in the country hope.
A longtime missionary in Hong Kong and a personal friend to several of the pro-democracy activists who received jail sentences last week for their vocal opposition to the city’s new national security law, has praised them as courageous witnesses in the face of oppression.
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.