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Myanmar street protests intensify as military cracks down

Catholic nuns, seminarians and laypeople have marched on the streets to pray for peace as pro-democracy protests intensify in Myanmar three weeks after the February 1 coup. Nearly 1,000 Catholics, mostly young people, joined weekend marches on the streets of the old capital, Yangon. In Myanmar’s second largest city, Mandalay, two people including a teenager were killed and more than 20 ... Read More »

Nuns protest Myanmar military coup

CATHOLIC nuns, priests and laypeople have joined protests in Buddhist-majority Myanmar following the coup on February 1. Hundreds of Catholics, including dozens of nuns, marched on the streets of Yangon on February 14,  and recited prayers and the rosary. Youths held placards reading “Free Aung San Suu Kyi” and “We support CDM,” the latter referring to the civil disobedience movement. ... Read More »

Myanmar cardinal praises Australia’s generosity in helping return ‘dignity to our poor youth’

Cardinal Bo

CARDINAL Charles Bo, the Archbishop of Yangon, has praised Australian efforts to support quality teaching and build schools, during an Australian tour arranged by Catholic Mission, whose major Church Appeal in 2018 is raising funds for innovative education programs in his native Myanmar. “The education system has been destroyed over six decades, and so we are trying to keep rebuilding ... Read More »

International aid agency helping to rebuild troubled Myanmar

Poor child in Myanmar

FOR the past 15 years, Kevin Meese has been visiting Myanmar and has witnessed hard times of suppression under the country’s strict military rulers. Now, the Melbourne director of Catholic Mission is optimistic about Myanmar’s future as it presses ahead with democratic reforms, and he believes the Church has a vital role to play. He welcomes the announcement that Pope ... Read More »

Religious community shares in Myanmar’s heartache

Myanmar disaster

THE Salesian religious community is sharing the heartache of more than one million flood victims in Myanmar while one of the order’s houses “miraculously” escaped damage in a field of devastation. Salesian Missions Australian director Br Michael Lynch is appealing for urgent help for those desperately struggling to recover from the devastating floods resulting from Cyclone Komen which struck on ... Read More »

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