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Myanmar Catholic Bishops "strongly demand" to facilitate humanitarian access

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar (CBCM) echoed its stand for justice, peace, and reconciliation in a statement released after the general assembly on January 14.
Cardinal Charles Bo in the middle of the frontline together with Archbishops, Bishops and Diocesan Administrators standing and taking group photo in the CBCM compound on January 14. (Photo: CBCM OSC)

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar (CBCM) echoed its stand for justice, peace, and reconciliation in a statement released after the general assembly on January 14.

Myanmar Catholic Bishops “strongly demands all concerned to facilitate humanitarian access to suffering and internally displaced peoples to provide them the basic Humanitarian assistance.”

CBCM reaffirmed that Human dignity and the right to life can never be compromised. 

“We strongly demand respect for life, respect for the sanctity of sanctuary in places of worship, hospitals, and schools. All those who reach out to help the people must be protected,” read the statement.

Myanmar Catholic Bishops are “deeply saddened” with the current situation of the people.

CBCM expressed grave concern over spiraling risks to the lives and security of innocent peoples and internally displaced persons, especially children, women, the elderly, and the sick in the afflicted areas regardless of race and faith.

“Thousands are on the move; millions are starving.”

The Church leadership conveyed appreciation to priests, nuns, and catechists taking care of the faithful in trouble.

“The CBCM is very much grateful to all the priests, religious, catechists who accompany the faithful in their flight from dangers of life to provide pastoral accompaniment and sacramental support,” described in the statement.

The prelates urge all the priests, religious men and women, and catechists to keep on doing a “mission of love and sacrifice for the people irrespective of the faith, race, and place.”

Myanmar Bishops are inspired by the fellowship of Myanmar people, who compassionately welcomed the fleeing people, housed them, and fed them. 

“Such gestures will heal this nation,” the bishops said.

The CBCM assures that it will continue seeking fellowship of universal Church and donor community to seek support to all our Myanmar people, without any discrimination.

As a faith-based organization, the CBCM strongly believes that “everything is possible with God.”

The CBCM strongly recommends all the Catholic dioceses acquire peace through prayers.

“We strongly encourage all our Catholic dioceses to further peace in our country through all efforts, especially through our intense prayers.” 

“Through our pastoral accompaniment of our people, we will bring solace in their need. Our service will reach out to every person in this country without any regard for race or religion,” committed the CBCM.

The CBCM General Assembly was held at Yangon from January 11-14, 2022.

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