Naypyitaw, Burma, Aug 3, 2021 / 14:01 pm
The Catholic bishops of Burma on Monday launched a national prayer campaign as coronavirus cases in the country continue to surge.
"I call upon all people to enter into a campaign of prayer, raising our hands and hearts to the Almighty, for healing. Let us come together as one community, let compassion become the common religion in these dark days. Transcending our various religious and faith identities, let us come together for inter religious prayer meetings on line. Let us support one another through continuous prayer," read an Aug. 2 message to the people of Burma signed by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, president of the Burmese bishops’ conference.
The message said the country needs “to get ready to face (the) extraordinary challenge” of the new wave of COVID-19 infections.
Infections in Burma, also known as Myanmar, have surged since June, with about 6,000 cases and 300 deaths reported daily in the past weeks, according to the health ministry.