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New Bishop of Mawlamyine diocese: People’s development priority

Bishop Maurice Nyunt Wai (Photo by RVA News)

The new Coadjutor Bishop of Mawlamyine Diocese in Myanmar says the situation in the region is not peaceful and the development is still far away. 

Social and pastoral programs are still to be carried out amid different sorts of difficulties, said Bishop Maurice Nyunt Wai.

He was ordained bishop at Holy Family Cathedral, Mawlamyine, on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24, 2022.

Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon Archdiocese, Archbishop Mark Tin Win, and Auxiliary Bishop John Yaw Hanm of Yangon Archdiocese consecrated the new bishop. 

From 3 to 5, May 2019, Mawlamyine Diocese celebrated the silver jubilee of its establishment of the diocese. 

Burmese, Karen, Mon, Indians, Chinese, Siamese, and Malays reside in the Diocese. 

From 1996 to 1988, there was a major military operation against the armed groups in the regions of the diocese and also in many parts of the country along Myanmar Thai border regions. About two-thirds of the villages in the region were affected. 

Resettlement took a long time. Many displaced people moved out of the country and some are inside the country as internally displaced people.

Some displaced villages could not go back to their former village sites till now, said the prelate.

The 61-year-old bishop thanked God, late parents, seminary professors, priests, nuns, friends, and Catholics who helped him on his journey as a priest and pastor. - With inputs by Saw Hubert


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