Myanmar military targets Catholic institutions

A church in Loikaw in Myanmar

The Myanmar military raided a bishop’s house and a Church-run clinic in the Catholic stronghold of Kayah state and arrested 18 healthcare workers on Monday. Source UCA News.

More than 200 soldiers and police officers stormed Christ the King Cathedral compound in Loikaw, the capital of Kayah state, and forcibly entered the clinic, bishop’s house and church building on Monday, according to church officials.

They forced some 40 patients to move out, including four infected with COVID-19, arrested 18 healthcare workers including four doctors, nurses, pharmacists and volunteers and took away medical equipment records. A priest and two nuns accompanied those arrested to an interrogation centre.

“One group after another checked and searched the buildings including the bishop’s house at least three times,” a Church official said. More soldiers were deployed and roads leading to the cathedral compound were blocked during the raid.

Church officials said the security forces checked all the buildings inside the Church compound from around 9am to 4pm and also broke into the room of the social communications officer.

“We are carrying out charitable works and weren’t involved in any wrongdoing. We have no idea why they raided us and what they searched for,” Loikaw Diocese chancellor Fr Francis Soe Naing said.

The rising conflict, particularly in predominantly Christian regions inhabited by the Kayah, Chin and Kachin, has resulted in churches being shelled and raided.

On November 28, Catholics in Australia will join other Christians in praying for peace in Myanmar. Details: https://bit.ly/OJEPMyanmar

FULL STORY

Myanmar junta targets Catholic institutions in Kayah state (UCA News)

Catholics urged to pray for people of Myanmar (ACBC Media Blog)

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