Posts Tagged ‘Myanmar’

In Myanmar, priest shot while celebrating Mass

Monday, April 15th, 2024
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A priest who was shot while celebrating Mass in Myanmar’s Kachin state last Friday is seriously injured. Church sources say two men opened fire on 40-year-old Father Paul Khwi Shane Aung during the early morning service. “They were wearing black clothes and masks and entered the church on a motorcycle to shoot the priest three Read more

Landmines leave Myanmar’s children biggest losers

Monday, April 8th, 2024

Children are affected most when landmines and explosives are used in conflicts, UN children’s agency UNICEF says. A new report from the agency says the landmine and explosive legacy in Myanmar (formerly Burma) killed or maimed at least 210 children last year. Those children represent over 20 percent of last year’s 1,052 civilian casualties in Read more

Civilians, clergy forced to flee Myanmar cathedral amid army takeover

Thursday, November 30th, 2023

Civilians, including elderly residents and patients seeking refuge, were compelled to evacuate a Myanmar cathedral as junta soldiers forcibly seized control on November 27. Bishop Celso Ba Shwe of Loikaw and clergy members, alongside a congregation of worshippers, found themselves displaced from Christ the King Cathedral in Loikaw due to the intrusion. “It’s sorrowful to Read more

More than 550 doctors fired by Myanmar junta for refusing to work in protest

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

The Myanmar junta’s Ministry of Health has fired 557 government-employed doctors who left their jobs to protest against the military government, revoking their licences at a time when medical professionals are in short supply, sources in the country’s medical community said on Tuesday, citing an official list. The striking doctors joined other government workers in Read more

Myanmar military surround Catholic church with landmines

Monday, September 19th, 2022

Surrounding the church with landmines does not surprise Frank Bird (pictured). The New Zealand priest has just returned from the Myanmar-Thai border. Landmines surround a Catholic church in Myanmar. Before mining it, the military had been using the church as a kitchen. The military junta’s mining of the Mother of God church in Mobye, a Read more

30,000 and counting … Myanmar’s troops burn homes, churches, villages

Thursday, September 1st, 2022
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Myanmar’s military junta has burned nearly 30,000 homes, churches and villages during the past 19 months. That’s how long it is since the junta overthrew Myanmar’s democratically elected government. Domestic research group Data for Myanmar says troops had torched 28,434 houses since the military seized power on 1 February 2021. This year in May and Read more

Real power comes from service

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
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Governments get their legitimacy from service to the people says Cardinal Charles Bo. “Real power, as Pope Francis often cited, comes from service. Not imposing power on the innocents,” the Myanmar cardinal said recently in a homily. “For any government, in any just country, the government is not above the people. “The government is one Read more

‘We cannot wait!’ pleads Catholic missionary in Myanmar

Monday, May 17th, 2021

On Sunday, May 16, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass in Rome for Myanmar Catholics on the Feast of the Ascension, underlining his religious and diplomatic efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in the troubled Southeast Asian country. Myanmar, once known as Burma, spiralled into violence when military forces took over the country on Feb. 1, Read more

Myanmar steps back into darkness

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
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Since the February 1 coup, the Tatmadaw – the official name of Myanmar’s armed forces – has escalated its crackdown on citizens protesting against the military takeover that ousted Myanmar’s democratically elected government. Unfortunately, this brutal reaction is only the latest in a series of repressive moves across Southeast Asia in recent years as political groups, backed by powerful Read more

Democratic values compete with Buddhist ones in Myanmar

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

The military coup in Myanmar has been difficult for many Westerners to comprehend. Why did the generals act when they had effectively been in control of the country since allowing elections in 2011? Why move against civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, when she had gone along with so much of their program, even defending Read more