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Cardinal Charles Maung Bo preaching at Westminster Cathedral in London, England, May 12, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Cardinal Bo: ‘Merciless killings’ turning Burma into ‘21st-century Calvary’

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has said that “merciless killings” of protesters following a Feb. 1 military coup have turned Burma... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon.

Cardinal Bo calls on protesters in Burma to remain committed to non-violence

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has expressed his ongoing support for Burma’s protest movement, provided that it remains ‘non-violent and peaceful.” Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 17, 2021

Pope Francis: ‘I too kneel on the streets of Myanmar and say stop the violence’

At today’s general audience, Pope Francis made an emotional appeal for an end to violence against protesters in Burma. Read more

Catholic nun begs police not to shoot protesters during Myanmar unrest

Catholic nun begs police not to shoot protesters during Myanmar unrest

A religious sister in northern Burma knelt before police on Monday, begging them not to use violent force against protestors. Read more

Pope Francis delivers a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis calls for end to ‘bloody clashes’ in Burma

Pope Francis appealed on Wednesday for an end to “bloody clashes” and the release of political leaders in Burma.  Read more

Teachers protest in Hpa-An, the capital of Karen State, Burma, on Feb. 9, 2021. Credit: Ninjastrikers (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Burma’s Catholic bishops call for peace and dialogue as two protesters killed

The Catholic bishops of Burma have called for a “return to dialogue” as two protesters were killed during demonstrations over the weekend.  Read more

Rakhine people in Bangladesh protest violence against their community in Burma's Rakhine state by the Tatmadaw, Oct. 11, 2020.

Two minors killed during fighting between Burmese military, Arakan Army

United Nations officials in Burma said Wednesday that earlier this month, two boys were killed amid crossfire between the Tatmadaw,... Read more

US bishops oppose expansion of immigration restrictions

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is decrying a Trump administration order that expands, by six, a list of... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon.

Burmese cardinal laments religious leaders' silence over violence

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon has decried Burma's ongoing violence, and encouraged religious leaders to raise their voices in... Read more

Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

With plea to global community, Rohingya mark 2 years as refugees

Two years after a surge of state-sponsored violence in Burma forced more than 1 million members of the Rohingya Muslim... Read more

A Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Cardinals visit Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

Two cardinals from the Philippines and Burma visited a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh this week, meeting with refugee families... Read more

Cardinal Tagle, president of Caritas International, visits Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh, Dec. 3, 2018.

Researchers find 'evidence of genocide' against Rohingya

As new evidence emerges of atrocities committed in Burma's Rakhine state, the president of Caritas International visited Monday a Rohingya... Read more

Press Briefing during the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, Oct. 23, 2018.

Cardinal highlights human trafficking and women's issues at synod

Women in Burma are working to end human trafficking, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon said Tuesday. The cardinal called... Read more

Rohingya refugees at the border of Burma and Bangladesh. 

A year after fleeing Burma, Rohingya refugees face uncertain future

One year after the Burmese government launched a brutal campaign of violence against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, human rights... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard his flight from Dhaka to Rome, Dec. 2, 2017.

Pope: What I don't say in public, I say behind closed doors

On his return flight from Bangladesh to Rome, Pope Francis offered journalists an insight into his communication strategy, saying that... Read more

Fr. Wilbert Mireh with his mother and brother, on his ordination day, May 2013.

Pope Francis visits with first Burmese Jesuit priest

When Pope Francis travels around the world, he often makes time to visit with local Jesuit communities.  This week Fr.... Read more

The difficult life of a Catholic missionary in Burma

As Pope Francis continues his visit to Burma – also known as Myanmar – this week, he is encountering a... Read more

Pope Francis with Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in the Diplomatic Corps Hall on Nov. 28, 2017.

Burmese bishops say despite pressure, Suu Kyi has their support

As international criticism mounts for Burmese leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi over perceived inaction on the nation's Rohingya refugee crisis,... Read more

Pope Francis addresses authorities in Burma Nov. 28, 2017.

Pope in Burma: Peace requires justice, respect for human rights

In a major speech in Burma, Pope Francis told the nation's leaders to leave conflict behind and work for peace... Read more

Pope's trip to Burma comes amid 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing'

When Pope Francis visits Burma, also known as Myanmar, this November, his visit will come at one of the most... Read more