In the face of a health emergency, Myanmar’s military soldiers forcibly closed a church-run health center on November 22. The military personnel also robbed medical equipment from the clinic, driving the most vulnerable seeking medical assistance at a serious health risk.
Thadingyut is a popular festival for Buddhists in Myanmar, even for Catholics whose relatives are Buddhists. Catholics visit their Buddhist family relations and friends during the festival. But this year, the overall public feeling is dampened due to pandemic restrictions and military coup. People living in conflict areas cannot participate in the joyous festival bringing families together.
A war-like situation did not stop Catholics in Myanmar to inaugurate the synodal journey on October 17. But the faithful in Myanmar’s Chin State could not join the online service of the opening ceremony of the synodal process.