The Catholic Church in Burma has celebrated 500 years of their presence in their Golden Land. Eucharistic celebrations, catechetical talks, adorations, reconciliations and rosaries were held in the last three days in the heart of Rangoon, the St. Mary’s Cathedral.
The Archbishop of Rangoon, Most Rev. Charles BO SDB, was the initiator of these celebrations to thank God for the long presence of the Catholic Church in Burma.
Catholics are a minority in the country that is mainly influenced by Buddhism. There are estimated about 750 000 Catholics in Burma. A good number of other Christian denominations are actively present in the country too.
On behalf of Pope Francis, Oswal Cardinal Gracias of Mumbai has been in Burma to lead the liturgical celebrations. The summit of all celebrations, the Thanksgiving Eucharist, was celebrated at 7:30 AM on Sunday 23rd November at the Thuwana sporting precinct where all bishops of Burma, 500 priests, many religious and thousands of Catholics participated.
The Catholic Church is still a minority yet they make their presence felt by their service to the poor and the disadvantaged, and by standing up for justice in the society.
Click here for a brief history of the Catholic Church in Burma.