Rome Newsroom, Feb 5, 2021 / 12:00 pm
Catholic bishops in Burma have announced that Feb. 7 will be a day of prayer and fasting for peace in their country following Monday's military coup.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Myanmar, the country's official name, released a statement on Feb. 4 asking clergy to offer Mass this Sunday for the intention of "peace in the country" and calling on all Catholics to participate in an hour of adoration, while praying and fasting.
The statement came a day after Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, president of the bishops' conference, appealed to Burma's military to free Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's elected civilian leader.
She was detained along with Burma's President Win Myint and other members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party when the military seized power on Feb. 1, alleging fraud during last November's elections, which the NLD won by a landslide.