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Pope sends envoy to Yangon centennial

Alessandro Speciale, Vatican
Vatican City

December 2, 2011

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Pope Benedict XVI will send a personal envoy to attend a special ceremony marking the hundredth  anniversary of the construction of St Mary’s Cathedral in Yangon. Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, former Vatican ambassador to the UN and former head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will preside over a celebratory Mass on December 8. In a Latin-language letter to Cardinal Martino, the pontiff recalled that St Mary’s was built under the aegis of Pope Pius X, whose motto, Instaurare Omnia in Christo, or “To restore all things in Christ,” remains an important appeal to Christians to “renew and confirm their faith. The pope also asked Cardinal Martino to convey his greetings to the clergy, religious and lay Catholics in the Diocese of Yangon, and to offer his “benevolent words” to Buddhist authorities as well as “all those who have at heart the mission of the Church, religious freedom and the good of the human person.”
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