Posts Tagged ‘Myanmar’

Christians forced to pledge they will pray only at home Comments 0

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Ethnic-minority Wa and Lahu Christians near Myanmar’s border with China have been detained and ordered by a China-backed militia group to pledge that they would pray only in their homes and not in churches. Rev. Lazarus, general secretary of the Lahu Baptist Convention in Kyaing Tong, eastern Shan State, said that about 100 Wa Christians were Read more

Stateless Thai cave survivors may get citizenship Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Thailand’s Interior Ministry and the Children and Youth Department have, on Thursday, promised to find a way to bestow citizenship on three stateless people rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand. Coach Ekkapol Chantawong and two of the boys, Pornchai Kamluang and Adul Sam-on, will be receiving legal assistance in the nationality verification process. However, on Friday Read more

Myanmar threat to Christian leaders over rebels Comments 0

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

The commander in chief of the Burmese troops of the north has ordered Christian religious leaders to stop communications with the rebels of the Kachin Independence Army or risk penal consequences. Read more Related Posts:UN chief calls on religious leaders to help tackle pandemicWatties Donates 25,000 Cans To Help The Salvation…It takes more faith to Read more

70-year-old heads off to work with refugees in Thailand Comments 0

Monday, May 28th, 2018

70-year-old Brother Denis O’Brien was farewelled from Ōtaki last weekend. He has been there only for a short time but now he is off on a mission to Thailand. He is planning to stay in Thailand for two years and then he will come back to New Zealand. O’Brien celebrates his 50th Jubilee of Marist Religious Read more

Suffering, faith and humanity: Pope speaks out Comments 0

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Suffering is an essential ingredient of our faith and humanity. One who doesn’t suffer with suffering brothers . . . must question himself on the sincerity of his faith and of his humanity, Pope Francis says. His comments were made in the context of the Rohingya minority, who are persecuted in Myanmar. Read more Related Read more

Rohingya refugees – Pope appeals for international help Comments 0

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Pope Francis wants the international community to take “decisive measures” to resolve the problems causing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee Myanmar. He also says it is “imperative” for world governments to immediately provide assistance to help the Bangladeshi government cope with Asia’s worst refugee crisis in decades. Bangladesh has opened its borders Read more

Myanmar’s human trafficking and the Catholic Church Comments 0

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The Catholic Church is working to combat Myanmar’s human trafficking problem through the newly founded Myanmar branch of Talitha Kum. Talith Kum is an international network of religious working to eradicate human trafficking. Read more Related Posts:Human trafficking victims on the rise during pandemicHuman trafficking numbers increase because of COVID-19Internally displaced people are central to Read more

Interfaith dialogue features in Pope’s trip Comments 0

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Interfaith dialogue has been a special feature of Pope Francis’s recent trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. He is striving to have “the wealth of our differences” to be part of the conversations between religions. Read more Related Posts:NZ theologian appointed fellow at International…Pope’s words on interfaith prayer against…Pope calls for dialogue between Egypt, Ethiopia and…Christchurch Read more

Rohingya: stories of loss and forced migration Comments 0

Monday, October 30th, 2017

If there’s anything positive about the sprawling Rohingya refugee camps near Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, it’s that the residents – despite their appalling recent experiences and obvious deprivation – are at least safe here from Myanmar’s military. I’ve been visiting Rohingya refugee camps close to the Bangladesh/Myanmar border, and the scale of the forced migration is Read more

The Rohingya genocide Comments 0

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis has hit the headlines in recent weeks due to an extraordinary number of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar into Bangladesh. It is estimated that in less than three weeks, up to 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar. They are fleeing mass human rights violations and atrocities, including: the burning of villages and crops, using petrol and rocket Read more