» 10/18/2011, 00.00
MYANMAR - INDIA
Archbishop of Yangon: signals of "positive" change from government
Archbishop Bo speaks of a people "full of hope" after more than 50 years of military rule that has hit the Church and citizens. The prelate does not deny "restrictions" or "discrimination", but sees a future of hope for the faithful. He defines India as the reference "model" and repeats the words of John Paul II: Asia mission territory for the third millennium.
First synod in Yangoon archdiocese
Catholic-Protestant collaboration in areas with few priests and ministers was discussed.
Archbishop of Yangon: A Christmas of reconciliation and freedom for Burmese Catholics
Archbishop Charles Bo speaks of lead up to the festivitives, which this year are taking place "without difficulty" a sign of a greater "religious freedom." In his motto he celebrates the "empty hands" of the child Jesus, who wins "billions of hearts" with the power of a love "without conditions." Invitations extended to Aung San Suu Kyi, the president and high government office
Myanmar reforms held back by junta in-fighting
The halt to construction of the Myitsone dam and the announcement of greater media freedom points to signs of greater freedom. President Thein Sein open to change, opposed by the military leadership. Social divide across country grows and the poor crowd city suburbs. The work of the Catholic Church in war-affected areas.
Apostolic delegate to Myanmar visits Mandalay archdiocese
The pontifical representative celebrated Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral. Love is at the centre of human life, he told the faithful. During his stay, he spent time at a seminary and announced a new visit at the beginning of next year. The bishop of Myitkyina called for peace in Kachin state where the refugee situation is getting worse because of clashes between the military and rebel troops.
As activist fears more violence, monks and ordinary Burmese take to the streets to defend Buddhism
Yesterday, hundreds of people demonstrated against Time magazine for its cover story "The face of Buddhist terror", dedicated to the riots that rocked the country last month. Speaking to AsiaNews, Tint Swe slams the appalling attacks against Muslims. Tensions have led to unacceptable deaths and a negative view of Myanmar and Buddhism.
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