Myanmar Cardinal Calls on Catholics to Speak Up

10/28/2021 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – In a time when people in the war-ravaged Myanmar feel helpless and outraged after the military junta seized power in February, the country’s Cardinal is asking Catholics to speak up against the evil penetrating the nation.

According to Vatican News, on October 24, Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon has urged Catholics in Myanmar to speak out against the evil that is ravaging their country “not out of hatred but out of love”. He made this heartfelt call in his homily for Mission Sunday.

Corresponding to the theme chosen this year by Pope Francis – ‘We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard’ (Acts 4:20) –, Cardinal Bo said that these are “challenging times to speak” in the country, where the escalation of brutal repression by the military continues relentlessly nine months after the coup on February 1.

Aware that churches have also been targeted and attacked by the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw), Cardinal Bo called on the Catholics “to speak out to the powers that are spiritually blind”, as the Apostles and early Christians did against the Roman Empire, pointing out that “silence can be criminal in times when evil chose to dance in the streets.”

He also stressed the importance of evangelization when facing all the hardships and enemies. Hope needs to be spread in the midst of pain and hatred. He wrapped up his message calling on world powers to stop exporting weapons to Myanmar. Although he did not specify, currently Russia and China are the two major exporters of weaponry to his country.

“Let all of us, people of Myanmar, pray and continue to pray, that this nation can see the day of peace.”

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