Catholic Bishop of Loikaw diocese in Myanmar in critical condition

Bishop Stephen Tjephe of the Diocese of Loikaw in Myanmar (Photo courtesy of CBCM)

Bishop Stephen Tjephe of the Diocese of Loikaw in Myanmar has been rushed to the hospital and is currently in critical condition.

Reports from Myanmar said the prelate is “under critical condition” at the General Hospital of Loikaw in Kayah State as of posting time.

“He is in a coma and is still receiving medical treatment,” said Father Philip Aung Kyaw in a message to Radio Veritas Asia on December 7.

“The bishop is diabetic. Now his blood pressure is high and the blood vessels in the brain are ruptured,” said the priest.

“In a state of anxiety, the bishop is entrusted in the hands of the Lord, and prayed and anointed by priests for his recovery,” he said.

“Efforts are being made to restore the health of the bishop. Please continue to pray for a speedy recovery,” said Father Aung Kyaw.

Bishop Stephen Tjephe was born on Aug. 1, 1955, and was ordained priest on March 28, 1984. 

He was ordained auxiliary bishop on Nov. 21, 2009, and was later named chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Clergy in Myanmar.

He was appointed Bishop of Loikaw on Nov. 15, 2014, and installed on Jan. 11, 2015. - RVA News