Cardinal Bo, Catholics in Myanmar express gratitude to Filipinos for solidarity

The Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Pathein in Myanmar gather on Monday, April 12, to offer prayers for peace and for those who died in the ongoing conflict in the country. (Photo supplied)

Catholics in Myanmar, including Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, expressed their gratitude to the Church in the Philippines for showing “solidarity” with the beleaguered country.

"With grateful sentiments, we, the Myanmar Catholics, deeply appreciate the communion of the Church in Philippines through its prayer day on July19," the cardinal said in a letter.

The prelate said the Filipino Catholics’ observance of a “Day of Prayer” for Myanmar this week was a "moving gesture" and “deeply touched” the people in the country.

"These noble gestures continue to heal our people," said Cardinal Bo in his letter addressed to Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

"We owe a great debt to the Philippine Church and the people for welcoming our men and women when they come for their training,” he said. 

“Your accompaniment has empowered the Church here. May the Lord who blesses the cheerful giver, bless all of you a hundredfold," the cardinal added.

Other Church leaders in Myanmar also expressed their gratitude to the Filipino faithful.

Sister Christine Zar Ni, MSP, said she was “very pleased and happy” of the solidarity, adding that she felt that the Church “is always standing with and supporting those in need.”

“You are very kind, and may God bless the Philippine Catholic Church,” said Pauline Kyi Kyi Shwe. “Let me respectfully request you to continue to remember us in your prayers,” she added.

“Maraming Salamat Filipino community for your love for our country,” said Elizabeth Mi Mi, who studied in the Philippines.

“We know that you are with us in the time of our difficulties,” said Catholic priest John Boko.

Sister Mary Khaing Thin, MSP, said she knows that the Filipino people “are on the side of the weak,” adding that “it shows their humanity.”

“I give thanks to the Church of the Philippines for praying and for showing solidarity with us during this difficult and challenging times,” said Sister Yolanda YoYo.

“I feel an indescribable feeling in my heart and feel encouraged when I come to know that Filipinos are standing by our side,” said Rosaline Khaing.

Father Saw Titus said he has been in the Philippines for seven years and learned that Filipinos are “so kind and hospitable to anyone.”

“Now, again, they encourage and show their kindness, sympathy, concern and love to the people of Myanmar through their solidarity with them,” said the priest.

“I would like to request you to continue praying for justice, peace and democracy in Myanmar,” he added.

Patricia Thandar said the expression of solidarity “gave me a lot of encouragement.”

Catholic churches across the Philippines tolled its bells on Monday in a show of solidarity with the people of Myanmar.

The country’s bishops also released a prayer for Myanmar prepared by the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy for all Masses on Monday. - with a report from Raymond Kyaw Aung / RVA News