Faithful and clergy from different religions in Mandalay gathered yesterday to hold candlelight memorial prayers for those who died with AIDS. Some 100 Buddhist monks, a Catholic priest, a Methodist Bishop, laypeople and social workers from Buddhist, Christian and Muslim religion took part in the candlelight prayers in the hall of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Mandalay city. Father John Aye Kyaw, the parish priest of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, reminded the participants before his prayers that “God loves everyone.” Bishop Zaw Win Aung from the Methodist Church in Mandalay said they were praying for those who died of AIDS "as we show sympathy with them through God’s blessing. And we pray for their relatives as well.” “It’s a privilege for us to meet with other faiths and other social groups in this candlelight prayers program,” Moh Moh Khine, a Buddhist from the National NGOs Network (3N) in HIV/AIDS, Mandalay, which organized this event. This is the third interfaith candlelight memorial program in Mandalay, said the organisers. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial claims to be one of the world’s largest grassroots movements against HIV and AIDS, spreading hope, developing leaders, and uniting communities. May 15 will see the 28th International Candlelight Memorial day. MY14114
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