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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

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

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

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'

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

St. Mary's Cathedral in Yangon, Burma's largest city.

How can the Catholic Church help Burma's transition to democracy?

The bishops of Burma held a three-day seminar earlier this month to discuss the Church's role in reconciliation as the... Read more

The Good Shepherd nuns celebrate 150 years in Burma at Mass in Yangon, Jan. 16, 2016.

In Myanmar, the Good Shepherd sisters celebrate 150 years of mission

A century and a half ago, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd took their mission of evangelization and service to... Read more

Bishop Philip Za Hawng of Lashio says Mass at a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Salesian seminary and parish in Hsipaw.

In Myanmar, Salesians celebrate seminary's 25th anniversary

In the tribal hills of Myanmar’s (Burma's) far northern Shan State, Catholics celebrated an important double anniversary for two Salesian... Read more

This window at Immaculate Church in Kutkai, in Burma's Shan state, was broken Feb. 24, 2015 by shrapnel from a small artillery shell.

Burmese parish attacked amid ethnic conflict

A parish in the Shan state of Burma, also known as Myanmar, became embroiled in the region’s spiraling conflict last... Read more

Catholics take part in a candle-lit procession at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Yangon.

Democracy and rights in Burma? Not without religious freedom

The U.S. must make religious freedom a top priority with Burma if there is hope for the southeast Asian country... Read more

Embrace Easter hope and forgiveness, archbishop tells Myanmar

In his Easter message, Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, emphasized the hope of the holy day and encouraged the... Read more