ASIA/MYANMAR – Cardinal Bo: “The country needs peace and freedom; the role of the army is to protect, not to attack the people” – Agenzia Fides

Cardinal praises “the incredible courage, commitment and creativity of our people”, who demonstrate peacefully, giving “a sign of maturity”: “Young people and all citizens show tenacity and resilience: they are determined not to allow that democracy, freedom and peace, conquered with difficulty, can all of a sudden be canceled. Young people do not accept that their hope is stolen. Their strength of mind is a great inspiration for all of us”, he says to Fides, noting the “mutual solidarity between people of different ethnic groups and religions, side by side for the same cause, a good for the people”.
“The nation – he asserts – is experiencing a moment of great trial and suffering, marked by bloodshed, pain, mourning”, as “many innocent people are injured, killed or arrested”, while “in the states of Myanmar inhabited by ethnic minorities the military has resumed attacking civilians, causing thousands of internally displaced persons”. Cardinal Bo hopes for “a Myanmar in which the military lower their weapons, leave power and do what an army should do: protect, certainly not attack, the people”.
In this context of violence, he continues, “the Lord calls the Church to be an instrument of justice, peace and reconciliation, to be “her hands and feet “in comforting the afflicted, in contrasting hatred with love, in saving human lives”. And he concludes: “From prayer and from the Word of God we welcome a message of hope which is the center of our faith. We, the Church in Myanmar, cherish this message in our hearts. We will pray and work for a new Myanmar to rise from this tragedy, as a nation in which “every human being is truly a participant of fundamental rights and freedoms and where authentic peace is enjoyed”. Source: ASIA/MYANMAR – Cardinal Bo: “The country needs peace and freedom; the role of the army is to protect, not to attack the people” – Agenzia Fides