Mandalay, Burma, Apr 9, 2022 / 06:49 am
Mandalay Archbishop Marco Win Tin, Vicar General Monsignor Domenic Kyo Du and their respective staffs, along with approximately 20 diocesan priests, are still under house arrest and incommunicado at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart ever since government soldiers forcibly occupied the archdiocesan compound in the heart of downtown Mandalay Friday afternoon.
Relatives and friends of Vicar General Monsignor Domenic Kyo Du said they have been unable to contact the monsignor or anyone else on his staff since the incident began.
“His phone is off. No one is answering the phones there. The landlines are probably ripped out. I can’t get through,” one of these sources told CNA.
Approximately 40 government soldiers forcibly occupied the cathedral at 2:30 p.m. Friday prior to a Lenten prayer service. Worshipers inside the church — including a correspondent for CNA — were detained there for hours. The archbishop and other archdiocesan staff were herded into the cathedral, as well.