Pray for coup leaders, says Myanmar cardinal

Cardinal Charles Bo (CNS/Soe Zeya Tun, Reuters)

Myanmar Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon has urged citizens to hold onto hope as fighting in the country escalates, telling them to pray for the leaders of the nation’s violent coup and insisting that hatred will never lead to a solution. Source: Crux.

Pointing to Sunday’s Gospel reading in which Jesus calms a storm threatening to capsize a boat in which he and his disciples were travelling, Cardinal Bo said Jesus’s assurance to have faith is a consolation “to the more than 120,000 people who were displaced in the conflict zones of Mindat and Loikaw, and those who were wounded inside the churches”.

“Without food and medicine, with fear and anxiety, in rain and cold, these people were tossed like the boat we see in the Gospel today,” he said, noting that like Jesus’s disciples in the storm, many in Myanmar are asking God the same question, “Lord, does it not concern you that we perish?”

“Every broken bone, every bruised heart asks this question,” Cardinal Bo said, adding, “In the muted voices of hundreds who were mercilessly killed in brutal violence and in the silent tears of thousands incarcerated in the inhuman jails, the question rises every minute: Lord does it not concern that we perish?”

Cardinal Bo said that “as a Christian and as someone who has seen the violent history of this nation from my birth and the futility of six decades of war, I say: let us pray for the army and its leaders”.

“They really need prayers,” he said. “Their hearts should melt and understand, the violence is not against any enemy nation, it is against our own people.”

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As violence escalates, Myanmar cardinal urges prayer for coup leaders (By Elise Ann Allen, Crux)

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