In a circular letter released by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on May 26, Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President appeals for prayers for peace in Myanmar.
Archbishop appealed to all archdioceses, dioceses, prelatures and apostolic vicariates in the country to offer prayer for Myanmar in a Mass on May 30, Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity and also designated as Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) Sunday.
“On May 30, next Sunday, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, and also designated as BEC Sunday, we include in all our Masses in our cathedrals and parishes, a special prayer for the suffering people of Myanmar and in particular, for the Church in Myanmar,” Archbishop Valles said.
On February 6, 2021, a letter from CBCP was sent to the bishops in Myanmar through Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar (CBCM). The letter assured Cardinal Bo of the church’s prayers and solidarity with his people in these difficult times.
Previously, Cardinal Bo sent Archbishop Valles a letter with a heading “Extreme Appeal”. The communication particularly “refers to the violent attack on the 23rd May 2021, Pentecost Sunday, on the Sacred Heart Church in Kayanthayar, near Loikaw in Eastern Myanmar, that resulted in the death of four (4) and the injury of many”.
In May, His Holiness Pope Francis led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in Rome for an end of violence in Myanmar. He also appealed for dialogue for peace among people in Myanmar.
The violence in Myanmar began in February as a result of the election in the country that was led by the military for a long time. More than 800 individuals have been killed while more than 3,000 have been put to prison including president-elect Aung San Suu. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)