Archbishop sees Myanmar as one family, appeals for unity

The Archbishop noted that the nation was "at a crucial point" and “what is done today and in the next five years” would determine Myanmar’s destiny.

Myanmar
Jul 31 2014, 3:27 PM
Archbishop sees Myanmar as one family, appeals for unity
Archbishop Charles Bo

Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon, in a message on the theme of family, has likened the nation as a big family and appealed for unity and peace among all the ethnic groups in Myanmar.

"I would like to draw attention to the urgent need for unity in the family of Myanmar. We are a diverse nation, a family with 'seven children', which are the seven major ethnic groups. We are all sons and daughters of a great nation. God has blessed us with abundant gifts, with natural and human resources. But today the nation is bleeding, stabbed repeatedly by hatred. Unity is the strength of a family, not hate," the Salesian prelate said.

Archbishop Bo reminded the Burmese faithful that Pope Francis has convened the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican from October 5 to 19 on the theme ‘The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization’.

"Many of the rich countries have given up on having families and the gift of life is rejected… As Christians, we are called to celebrate life, to say thank you to our parents and our families," said the message. 

The Archbishop recalled that the Buddhist and Christian culture have in common the great respect towards their parents. "We call God our father Abba and we consider him a loving and lovable father, who also makes us children and brothers and sisters in the Lord."

The Archbishop noted that the nation was "at a crucial point" and “what is done today and in the next five years” would determine Myanmar’s destiny.

He condemned the hatred and violence that occur in the country, especially against Burmese Muslims, and said that those perpetrating violence "are destroying the family spirit of this country."

Archbishop Bo recalled that people of all religious communities had worked and given their lives for the freedom and independence of Burma. “In the list of martyrs killed with General Aung San (national hero), there were two Muslims, U Abdul Razak, the minister for education, and his bodyguard Maung Htwe."

The Archbishop concluded, "Any nation that refuses to accept peace that passes through justice does it at its own risk. Pope Paul VI urged the world: real peace is born out of justice. Our nation is conceived as a single family, knowing that our unity is in diversity and not in uniformity. Our diversity is our wealth."

Source: Agenzia Fides 

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