- May 10, 2021
With an ongoing military crackdown and political upheaval in Myanmar, Pope Francis called for prayers for peace and reconciliation in the country.
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.
Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar, adept at finding themes to tie together protests nationwide, took to the streets holding painted eggs in a nod to the Easter holiday on Sunday.
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.
While Catholics in Myanmar observed Palm Sunday, many in the Buddhist-majority country were crying at the funerals of more than 100 people killed the previous day.
Even as the last of five fires was still out of control among clusters of tents and shelters that house 600,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Abdullah Fuad, head of programs for Caritas Bangladesh, was thinking of the women and children who have now endured one more disaster.
Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, in Myanmar, has asked that as tensions national rise and the death count grows amid the country’s military coup, protesters reaffirm their commitment to non-violence.
Pope Francis on Wednesday appealed for bloodshed to end and dialogue to prevail in Myanmar, saying he symbolically kneels in that country’s streets, where protests against the military takeover were continuing and the death toll has mounted.