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Cardinal Bo asks religious leaders to bring hope to Myanmar

Rise above narrow interest, he said in his Easter message

Cardinal Bo asks religious leaders to bring hope to Myanmar

Cardinal Charles Bo arrives at St. Edward's Church in Mingalardon township, on the outskirts of Yangon, April 16 where he concelebrated Easter Mass and administered Confirmation to children. (Photo courtesy of Yangon Archdiocese)

April 18, 2017

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Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon called on the religious leaders of Myanmar to unite and bring the hope of Easter to the divided nation.

"As we celebrate Easter, we call upon the religious leaders to rise above all narrow interest and bring the hope of resurrection," Cardinal Bo said in his Easter message released April 13.

"We are 16 dioceses, more than 700 priests and 2,000 religious.  We appeal to all the Buddhist religious:  there are around 500,000 monks (almost equal to the number in Myanmar's army) and 70,000 Buddhist nuns," he wrote as part of his more than 1,600-word message.  

"Also, the Protestant churches have hundreds of pastors, the other religions have their own religious leaders," the cardinal said.  

"Come let us join together, to roll down all the mighty stones of despair from our life and bring the hope of Easter to this nation."

Cardinal Bo said many good things have occurred in Myanmar during the past five years but that the "message of Resurrection has not reached all."

"There is war. Conflict and displacement in Kachin, Rakhine states. Thousands of refugees," he said.   

The cardinal said Myanmar's people are "buried in the tombs of poverty" and "tombs of despair."

"Easter is the time to say roll down the stone that keeps our people dead. Bring in peace to our land, let Shalom [peace, prosperity, harmony and joy] flow in the mountains of valleys of Myanmar," Cardinal Bo said.      

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