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Myanmar Cardinal appeals to support Radio Veritas Asia

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo (Photo supplied)

The president of the Federation of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) appealed to all to support the mission of Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), the Asian Bishops’ project to proclaim the Gospel to Asia.

“On behalf of all who share pastoral responsibility for the Churches in Asia, particularly my Brother Bishops, I extend my sincere appreciation and thanks. Together let us continue to remain faithful to the mission entrusted to us,” said Cardinal Charles Maung Bo.
 
On June 14, RVA reached 1 million followers on Facebook.
 
To mark the event, Cardinal Bo presided over a Thanksgiving Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Yangon, Myanmar, at 11:45 am (Hong Kong time) on June 24, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass was live-streamed from Myanmar on RVA’s Facebook page and all the language services.
 
Established in 1969 as Catholic continental shortwave radio, RVA migrated to the online, digital platform four years ago. Through its 21 language services across Asia and an English website, RVA’s audience continues to grow on Facebook and other social media platforms.

“Today, we rejoice because Radio Veritas Asia, the great missionary of Asia, has during this month achieved a very important and historic milestone of reaching one million people through its online ministry. We call this: RVA One Million Milestone,” Bo said.

Thanking God for all that He has done through RVA, the cardinal said, “We also remember with deep appreciation and gratitude all our brothers and sisters in Manila, in various Asian countries, our friends and benefactors for their hard work, their generosity, their love for the people of Asia, and their passion to share the Gospel of Jesus.”
 
On behalf of the FABC, Bo thanked all the member bishops ‘conferences, the bishops and leaders who constantly support this very important ministry of the FABC- to bring the good news to all peoples of Asia and beyond. 
 
According to him, RVA is “God’s missionary enterprise” and “the missionary project of the Church in Asia,” which is now in its 54th year. 
 
“RVA has never stopped sharing the gospel with the people of this vast continent. Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, RVA reached out as a pastoral arm for thousands of people,” Cardinal Bo said.
 
“Four years ago, when we closed the shortwave broadcast and fully migrated to the digital, online platform some people had doubts about this change. But today as we are happy and proud to announce that we have reached the historic milestone. We celebrate the RVA One Million Milestone to thank the Lord for the one million people; we have been able to reach online,” he said.
 
He also thanked people who have been part of RVA over the years for the hard work, dedication, commitment and sacrifices to share the Good News.
 
Speaking on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar, said, “We thank the Lord Jesus because he continues to remind us of his infinite mercy and love.”
 
“The celebration of the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a way we try to understand how much God loves us,” the church leader said. 
 
According to him, Jesus reveals the Merciful face of God. “God is a God of mercy and compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love. He is ready to forgive. Jesus came to search for the lost, least, the sinner. He came to reconcile us.”
 
“In the solemnity of the Sacred Heart, we are celebrating that love. Let us open our hearts to Jesus, and let us seek to experience that love. And let us share that love of Jesus with our brothers and sisters who do not know him,” Cardinal Bo said. – With reports from RVA Myanmar 

 

Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.