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Myanmar bishop reaches out to sick and elderly

Archbishop Tin Win urges faithful to reflect on Christian love and charity as the world grapples with Covid-19

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Myanmar bishop reaches out to sick and elderly

Archbishop Marco Tin Win gives blessings to Catholics from St. John's Parish in Mandalay on April 8. (Photo: Mandalay Archdiocese's Social Communication Office)

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On a recent sunny morning, Archbishop Marco Tin Win wears a face mask and makes a surprise visit to the sick and elderly to show solidarity during Myanmar’s battle against the Covid-19 contagion.

Once busy with motorcycles, cars and trishaws, a busy street in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, is silent amid the partial lockdown since the country confirmed its first Covid-19 case on March 23.

People have been urged to stay at home and not venture outside except for emergencies and to buy essentials. Shops are only allowed to sell medicine and food. Restaurants and coffee shops can only sell takeaways to customers.

Archbishop Tin Win gave blessings, consoled bed-ridden patients and the elderly and talked about prevention of Covid-19 during his visit to three parishes in Mandalay.

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