A new Cathedral church in the diocese of Phekhone in Shan State, Myanmar, was hit for the third time by artillery shells of the military soldiers on November 9.
"Yesterday, from about 7 pm to 12 pm, small arms and light weapons were fired. I heard gunshots. There was nobody in the city. They do not go out. It was reported this morning that five artillery shells fell on the church. It is divided into three parts. The two are not separated. I heard artillery shelling," said a local.
Yesterday at night, an ambulance, a car of Bishop, the walls, pews and mirrors of the church were hit and damaged due to the untargeted fires of the military soldiers.
A local said that "it should not happen. It is a sacred place. I'm not feeling good in my heart. I'm very sad too. They fired heavy artillery at least twice a week. The first one was on May 22. Secondly, I could not remember the date because it was fallen in the yard. This time, it touches the compound and the walls of the church."
Father Hla El, a Catholic diocesan priest, confirmed the details. The priest said that at first, two shells dropped and hit the mirrors of the church. One shell fell inside the church compound church the second time. They shot the church with guns. On a third instance, another five big shells descended around the church, two of them got inside the church were not explosives, but the other fallen beside the church were explosive and damaged the mirrors of the building.
According to Father Hla, the Cathedral church was built in 2012 and dedicated in 2017. Even the pews inside the church are not yet completed.
Khu Pharu, a Catholic married man, noted that Phekone Cathedral church of Sacred Heart, which is the heart of the Catholic faithful, was attacked again, and he added that they would be able to destroy the church, which is the building, but not the faith of the faithful.
Khu Yaw Han, a young Catholic, said the church was not to be fired by ammunitions and not to store them inside it. It is the temple of God and the spiritual house of the faithful. The church is for all the faithful in the diocese of Phekone.
Another young girl, Monica, said, "I am feeling sad."
She stated, "I have pity on them for their behaviors, and it is difficult to see their faults because they might have to do it according to the order."
"If not due to the order, they cannot be blamed when we look back on their background of formation and training," she added.
She remarked, "the main source of crime from age to age are due to a group of the military junta. That military junta destroyed everything such as education, health and social affairs."
"They are doing such because they get near to the end of the road. I condemn their unreasonable acts," Monica said.
According to the local news media, the explosive shells had been removed by the expert. About two-thirds of the population living in the town of Phekon are fleeing the war.
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