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

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

Apr 1, 2021

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

Mar 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

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

Burmese cardinal: ‘Innocent blood may not be spilt on this land’

Mar 2, 2021

Preaching on the deadliest day of protests since Burma’s military coup, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo said on Sunday that “innocent... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo in London, England, on May 12, 2016. Credit: Mazur/

Burma’s Catholic bishops call for prayer and fasting after coup

Feb 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Catholic bishops in Burma have announced that Feb. 7 will be a day of prayer and fasting for peace in their... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon.

Cardinal Bo urges Burma's military to release Aung San Suu Kyi after 'shocking' coup

Feb 3, 2021

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo urged Burma’s military on Wednesday to release Aung San Suu Kyi after its “shocking” coup on... 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

Oct 17, 2020

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

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

Researchers find 'evidence of genocide' against Rohingya

Dec 6, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

European Commission officials visit camps for internally displaced Rohingyas in Burma.

Are the Rohingya returning to Burma? All is not as it seems.

Aug 3, 2018

The Rohingya, a long-suffering Muslim minority in Burma, are allegedly peacefully returning to their country from Bangladesh, where thousands fled... Read more

Cardinal Charles Bo.

Myanmar’s bishops discuss China, Rohingya with Pope Francis

May 9, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican’s long-rumored China deal was discussed by Myanmar’s bishops this week during an ad limina visit with Pope Francis,... 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

Dec 2, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Nov 30, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Pope Francis is greeted by crowds as he prepares to say Mass in Yangon, Burma, Nov. 29, 2017.

Your faith and enthusiasm are a welcome sight, Pope tells Burmese youth

Nov 29, 2017

The Catholic young people of Burma are “a welcome sound” of encouragement, Pope Francis told them Thursday at a Mass... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass at Yangon's Kyaikkasan Ground, Nov. 29, 2017.

Revenge can't heal wounds, Pope Francis tells Burma's Catholics

Nov 28, 2017

Encouraging Burma's minority Catholic community on Wednesday, Pope Francis preached the forgiveness and compassion of Christ in the face of... Read more

Pope Francis is greeted on his arrival in Yangon, Burma, Nov. 27, 2017.

Five things to look for during Francis' trip to Burma, Bangladesh

Nov 27, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Monday Pope Francis touched down in Yangon for what will likely be a politically charged and religiously significant six-day... Read more

Tips from a local: What Cardinal Bo recommends for Pope’s visit to Burma

Nov 21, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

To prepare for Pope Francis’ trip to Burma, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the first and sole Burmese cardinal in the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, June 1, 2016.

Ahead of Burma visit, Pope says he's coming to promote peace

Nov 17, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday, Pope Francis sent a video greeting to the people of Burma – also known as Myanmar – ahead... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon.

Burma's cardinal: 'The Pope will come to heal the wounds of the country'

Oct 20, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ trip to Burma will help heal the wounds of his country, especially for minorities under attack, the nation's... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 27, 2017.

Pope's Bangladesh, Burma trip to emphasize peace amid conflict

Oct 3, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In November Pope Francis will visit Bangladesh and Burma, two developing countries in Asia, where he will bring a message... Read more

Pope Francis at the Divine Mercy Vigil in St. Peter's Square, April 2, 2016.

It's official: Pope Francis to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh in November

Aug 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Monday the Vatican confirmed rumors that have been swirling the past few weeks about a papal visit to Myanmar... Read more

Vatican, Myanmar officially establish diplomatic ties

May 4, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a meeting Thursday between Pope Francis and Myanmar's Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, the two cemented their diplomatic... Read more