December 2016

Myanmar: priests missing after helping reporters cover bombing of church building

Two assistant priests in Burma (also called Myanmar) are missing after informing journalists about the bombing of a Catholic church building in Shan state, sources said.
By David
Christian Today

Cardinal Bo appeals to Burmese to make 2017 the Year of Peace

"It is time to join - all religions, all ethnic groups - to truly make 2017 the Year of Peace. Peace is possible through justice. Peace is possible through negotiations. We urge all religions to observe the day of 1 January 2017 as a day of fasting and prayer for peace."
Vatican Radio
Published Dec 22, 2016

Catholic church bombed as fighting intensifies in Burma

A Catholic church was bombed in the conflict-torn northern Shan state as renewed fighting intensified between the Burmese military and armed ethnic groups, reported
by Catholic News Service
Wednesday, 7 Dec 2016

November 2016

Myanmar Religious leaders: "Peace is the common good"

Peace is the supreme good for all citizens and all communities in Myanmar: says a heartfelt appeal to political and military leaders launched by a group of Burmese religious leaders, including Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon.
(Source: Agenzia Fides; AsiaNews)
Vatican Radio
November 18, 2016

October 2016

Latest Burmese refugees welcomed by already-established family members in Tulsa

Thirty refugees from the nation of Myanmar were welcomed to America at Tulsa International Airport on Thursday afternoon in a raucous and emotional reunion with family members they had not seen for many years.
By Bill Sherman Tulsa World Staff Writer Bill Sherman
Oct 7, 2016

September 2016

Move away from the past, Myanmar’s cardinal tells peace conference

“We need to move away from the past, working toward a peace with justice,” Yangon Cardinal Charles Bo said in his speech at the Union Peace Conference in the capital, Naypyitaw, Aug. 31. “For too long we have lived in mutual hatred. Now is the time to assert our oneness.”
By Catholic News Service • Posted September 1, 2016

July 2016

Former Burma prisoner of conscience ordained as priest

Fr James Mawsdley was freed in 2000 after 415 days spent in solitary confinement.Fr Mawdsley was sentenced to serve 17 years in Insein jail for protesting against the Burmese government’s slaughter of ethnic minorities.
by Staff Reporter CATHOLIC HERALD Posted July 29, 2016

June 2016

World Refugee Day celebrated in Somerdale

For the fifth year in a row, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden sponsored this annual celebration for the refugee families it serves in South Jersey. Burma, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and Eritrea were among the countries represented, and the crowd was bright with the colors of traditional clothing.
by Anne Forline
June 23, 2016

May 2016

Education vital in Myanmar's new 'journey,' says Cardinal Bo

YANGON: Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon says education is "particularly vital" for Myanmar as it begins its new journey into a more democratic system and has urged Jesuits to play a part in shaping future generations.
HERALD Malaysia Online
May 27, 2016

Myanmar cardinal thanks Western Christians for support during oppression

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon said the Catholic Church was "at the forefront" of supporting the people of Myanmar, formerly Burma, during a dictatorship that lasted half a century.
By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service
May 24, 2016

April 2016

Christian lawmakers eye lasting peace across Myanmar

Joseph Shay Ray Shu Maung, from the Kayah ethnic group*, never thought he would become a politician. Now he has entered Myanmar's first democratic parliament as a representative for the minority ethnic groups from Kayah state in the eastern part of the country.
John Zaw, Naypyidaw Myanmar
April 11, 2016

March 2016

Myanmar names three Christians as regional ministers

Mahn Johnny, a Catholic and regional lawmaker in the Kyonepyaw constituency in the Irrawaddy delta, was appointed chief minister of Irrawaddy Division. He was a member of the lower house from 2012 to 2015. He also is a member of the league's Central Executive Committee.
John Zaw, Naypyidaw Myanmar
March 29, 2016

How can the Catholic Church help Burma's transition to democracy?

The bishops of Burma held a three-day seminar earlier this month to discuss the Church's role in reconciliation as the country transitions to civilian rule after more than 50 years of military government.
By Antonio Anup Gonsalves
March 21, 2016

‘Myanmar, now stands on the threshold of hope’ Cardinal Charles Maung Bo

“My country, Myanmar, now stands on the threshold of hope. After over half a century of brutal oppression at the hands of a succession of military regimes, and after more than sixty years of civil war, we now have the .............
By Mizzima
March 16, 2016

February 2016

Catholic Archbishop Charles Bo on interfaith harmony in Myanmar

Cardinal Charles – We don’t know yet how the new government will resolve these issues exactly. In my opinion, the civil war must be resolved and tackled first and then the religious issue can be tackled. And then the issues of ethnic nationalities can be tackled, for instance, the government must listen to both sides, Bengali and Rakhine.
By Zaw Kham Hein
February 24, 2016

January 2016


Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the head of around 450,000 Catholics in impoverished Myanmar, said he had met with “many Christian leaders” and leaders of other denominations who shared a deep respect for the Pope.
by Catholic News Service , Megan Cornwell
January 29, 2016

In Myanmar, the Good Shepherd sisters celebrate 150 years of mission

A century and a half ago, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd took their mission of evangelization and service to what is now Myanmar, or Burma. This year, they’re celebrating their anniversary jubilee in the country.
by CNA Daily News
January 27, 2016

Archbishop of Yangon presides over opening mass at 51st IEC

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the 66-year-old Archbishop of Yangon in Myanmar, is in Cebu to take part in the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC).
By: Ador Mayol - @inquirerdotnet
January 24, 2016

Three kings aren’t enough to capture West Side’s diversity

To celebrate the Festival of Kings each year, church organizers enlist four parishioners to portray kings representing Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The organizers have little difficulty finding re-enactors whose journeys to Buffalo began on the very soil of those continents.
By Matthew Spina
January 03, 2016