Mandalay's new archbishop aims for interfaith harmony

Archbishop Marco Tin Win ordained in two-day ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Mandalay's new archbishop aims for interfaith harmony

Newly appointed Archbishop Marco Tin Win (center) gives blessings to Catholics with Cardinal Charles Bo at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Mandalay on June 23. (ucanews.com photo)

Church leaders highlighted the role of a new shepherd, interfaith harmony and peaceful coexistence during the two-day episcopal ordination of the new archbishop of Mandalay in Myanmar.

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon said Archbishop Marco Tin Win is ordained to be of “service to everyone ... he is called to boost the unity of all men and women.”

“With his affable nature, his love of wisdom and his friendship with all religious people, his arrival is a moment of grace to all the people of Mandalay,” Cardinal Bo told thousands of people at the opening ceremony at Mandalay’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on June 22.

“The Church calls her sons to the priesthood and bishopric to be at the service of the whole of humanity. As a shepherd, he is called upon to seek the least and the lost.”

He noted that Pope Francis has the succinct mandate: “Service is the only power.”

Cardinal Bo asserted the Catholic Church’s commitment to nation building through education, integral human development, women’s development, indigenous welfare and interreligious initiatives for peace.

Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, apostolic delegate to Myanmar, invited the faithful to collaborate with Archbishop Tin Win, who has been carrying out interreligious initiatives. “He has a strong commitment and dedication to interfaith harmony,” he said.

Zaw Myint Maung, chief minister of Mandalay Division, acknowledged the role of religious leaders in promoting peace and harmony in a country that has been racked by conflict.

“All religious leaders preach love and compassion and not about hate speech. We all need to work together for peaceful coexistence and a harmonious society,” Maung said.

Cardinal Charles Bo, Myanmar bishops and government officials attend the opening ceremony of Archbishop Marco Win Tin's ordination at Sacred Heart Cathedral on June 22. (ucanews.com photo)

 

Cardinal Bo concelebrated the Mass for the episcopal ordination with Archbishop Tschang In-Nam and 19 bishops from 16 dioceses at Sacred Heart Cathedral on June 23.

Buddhist monks and leaders from Protestant churches, Islam and Hinduism joined the Mass along with hundreds of priests, religious men and women and thousands of Catholics from across the country.

In a homily, Cardinal Bo said challenges lie ahead for the new archbishop amid rising nationalism and other problems of drugs among young people, human trafficking and protection for women and children.

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Archbishop Tin Win called on people to continue their prayers for his role of servant leadership. “I am committed to have integrity, love and courage and a service to obedience, contributing to one humanity,” he told Mass attendees.

On June 25, Archbishop Tin Win, 59, succeeded Archbishop Nicholas Mang Thang, who has reached the retirement age of 75 for bishops.

He was born in Mon Hla village, Sagaing Division, in Mandalay Archdiocese on April 22, 1960. He attended primary and secondary schools in his home village and attended secondary school at St. Aloysius Minor Seminary in Pyin-Oo-Lwin, near Mandalay city.

In 1979 he entered St. Joseph’s Major Seminary in Yangon where he completed his philosophical and theological studies. He was ordained a priest in 1989. He studied at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome and obtained a doctorate in philosophy.

As a priest, he has had several pastoral and administrative roles including being the rector of St. Thomas Intermediate Seminary, a diocesan bursar, a parish priest of Mary Help of Christians in Sagaing and executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar.

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