Hatred, injustice and battle. These are the three largest stones that Myanmar should “remove from the graves of hopelessness in our hearts and our nation,” based on Salesian Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, capital of Myamar, since “Easter is about removing the stones in our personal lives and the society where we live.”
Salesian Cardinal Bo, 69 years previous, the primary Burmese bishop ever created cardinal on February 14, 2015, despatched an Easter message to all “my brothers and sisters of this nation,” the previous Burma, the place Catholic quantity to a small 1% of the entire inhabitants, among the many giant Buddhist majority: “From Death To Life – Building A Nation of Hope and Peace” is the title, that means that “our country needs huge amounts of hope,” the cardinal underscores.
Cardinal Bo recollects first of all of the stone of the hatred as a result of, even when the compassion (“Karuna”) is the nice advantage Myanmar has been constructed on, “hate speech has been used by a small fringe in this country to kill brother by brother”. Pope Francis visited Myanmar final November 2017 and celebrated a Mass in Yangon, as reminded by Cardinal Bo, who in his message quotes the Pope’s homily of that day: “We think that healing can come from anger and revenge. Yet the way of revenge is not the way of Jesus. Jesus’ way is radically different. When hatred and rejection led him to his passion and death, he responded with forgiveness and compassion.”
The second stone to be eliminated, then is the stone of injustice, on condition that in Myanmar “millions are buried in the grave of economic injustice in this country, thousands are buried as ‘modern slaves’ in unsafe migration to nearby countries. Resources have become the deep grave for our ethnic brothers and sisters. Looting has buried thousands in conflict and displace men,” Cardinal Bo denuonces.
The third stone that must be eliminated is “conflict,” Cardinal Bo exhorts authorities and the ethnic teams. “We have had six decades of war,” Cardinal Bo says. Meanwhile, “the countries in Southeast Asia who were poorer than us are now economic powers today. But we remain one of the poorest nation on the earth.”
Addressing the diplomats and the parliamentarians in Myanmar, Pope Francis mentioned that “The future of Myanmar must be peace, a peace based on respect for the dignity and rights of each member of society, respect for each ethnic group and its identity, respect for the rule of law, and respect for a democratic order that enables each individual and every group – none excluded – to offer its legitimate contribution to the common good.”
Instead, at the moment, “conflict has mutilated this country,” states Cardinal Bo. “Nearly 3 million of our youth are out, a million are displaced, a million have fled the country as refugees. This was once a golden land blessed with great wealth. Our wounds are self inflicted wounds. Refusing to accept the multicultural nature of this country has brought ethnic conflicts.”
In a rustic of about 135 ethnic teams, peaceable coexistence has at all times been a battle, particularly with the central authorities, which is dominated by the Bamar ethnic group. In the previous, the ruling army junta used an iron fist in opposition to the teams least ‘amenable,’ if you’ll, to central management.
The high UN human rights official, Zeid Ra’advert al-Hussein, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council, had referred to as the persecution of the Rohingya in Rakhine state “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and demanded that Myanmar to finish “brutal security operation.”
Therefore, Cardinal Bo prays: “Let peace break forth in the dawn. Let my country be raised from hopelessness into peace and prosperity and become the Golden Land once again.” Cardinal Bo supply this as one of the best blessing Myanmar might have for Easter.