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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

The difficult life of a Catholic missionary in Burma

Nov 29, 2017

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

Nov 29, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Nov 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

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'

Nov 24, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

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

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

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

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

Mar 21, 2016

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

Jan 27, 2016

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

Oct 25, 2015

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

Mar 6, 2015

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

Nov 14, 2014

By Matt Hadro

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

Apr 22, 2014

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

Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon (center) says Mass in this undated file photo.

Burmese bishop sees 'new dawn' of hope for his nation

Jan 22, 2014

The bishop of Burma's largest city has written a New Year's message encouraging the Burmese to remain united and to... Read more