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On Thursday morning, after having leaving the Archbishop’s Residence, Pope Francis travelled to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Yangon for Mass with young people. Before entering the Cathedral, the Pope greeted the faithful gathered outside from the Popemobile. At 10:45 am local time (4:45 pm Rome time), Pope Francis presided at the Eucharist on the liturgical ...read more
We begin with some highlights of day three of the Pope’s visit to Myanmar with three major events. In the morning, Pope Francis celebrated the first ever public papal mass on Burmese soil where he said, "I know that many in Myanmar bear the wounds of violence, yet the way of revenge is not the way of Jesus." He then met with the Sangha Supreme Council of Buddhist monks, where he told them that Christians and Buddhists are called by faith, to overcome evil with goodness and violence with peace. ...read more
Pope Francis on Wednesday met with the 22 Catholic Bishops of Myanmar and reflected with them on the joys and challenges of their ministry in the nation. The meeting took place in Yangon’s Cathedral Complex. Please find below the Pope’s prepared speech to Myanmar Bishops: Your Eminence, My Brother Bishops, For all of us, this has ...read more
Pope Francis on Wednesday addressed the Supreme Sangha Council of Buddhist Monks at the Kaba Aye Center in Yangon during his Apostolic Journey to Myanmar. Please find the full text of the Pope’s speech: It is a great joy for me to be with you. I thank the Most Venerable Bhaddanta Dr Kumarabhivamsa, Chairman of ...read more
On Wednesday morning, Pope Francis left the Archbishop’s residence in Yangon and traveled to the Kyaikkasan Ground. Upon his arrival, and after riding among the faithful in the Pope mobile, the Pope celebrated Holy Mass on the XXXIV week of ordinary time. At the conclusion of the Eucharistic Celebration, the Archbishop of Yangon, Cardinal Charles ...read more
The Pope’s message to Myanmar’s leaders was very clear: Unity, not uniformity, is the secret to peace. Let’s not be afraid of differences and respect the rights of all groups. ...read more
Pope Francis on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, addressed Myanmar’s government authorities, civil societies, and the diplomatic corps in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, while on his Apostolic Visit to Myanmar. Please find below the official English translation of the Pope’s speech: Madam State Counsellor, Honourable Government and Civil Authorities, Your Eminence, My Brother Bishops, Distinguished ...read more
Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, appeared on Al Jazeera English to discuss the significance of Pope Francis’ visit to Myanmar, amid the the crisis that is currently facing the country. ...read more
First Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 3rd, 2017 This weekend the Church enters into the liturgical season of Advent. Christians proclaim that the Messiah has indeed come and that God’s reign is “at hand.” Advent does not change God. Advent deepens our longing and anticipation that God will do what prophets and the ...read more
Today is the first day the Pope’s 6-day trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. Upon Arriva, he was greeted at the airport by the Apostolic Nuncio and the bishops. ...read more