A New and First Cardinal for Burma

VATICAN: January 4, 2015 – During the mid-day Angelus prayers in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis announced that there will be 15 new Cardinals Electors (and another 5 new Cardinals -beyond the voting age) who will formally be installed at a ceremony called a consistory on Feb. 14, 2015. Two of the new Cardinal Electors are Salesians. One from Uruguay: Archbishop Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet and the other from our own EAO Region: Archbishop Charles Maung Bo from Myanmar.

Archbishop Charles Bo was born in Monhla Village, Shwebo District, Mandalay Division on 29 October, 1948. He is the youngest son of U John and Juliana Daw Aye Tin. He studied at “Nazareth” Salesian Aspirantate, Anisakan, in Pyin Oo Lwin from 1962 till 1976. He made his First Profession on May 24, 1970 and his Final Profession on March 14, 1976.

He was ordained as a priest of the Salesians of Saint John Bosco, in Lashio, N.S.S. on 9 April, 1976. Upon ordination, he was assigned as Parish Priest at Loihkam from 1976 to 1981, and in Lashio from 1981 to 1983. After serving as Parish Priest, from 1983 until 1985 he was posted at Anisakan as Formator.

He served as Apostolic Administrator in Lashio from 1985 to 1986 and as Apostolic Prefect from 1986 to 1990. Archbishop Charles Bo was ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Lashio in Shan State on 16 December, 1990.

After serving as bishop of the Diocese of Lashio for six years, on 24 May, 1996 he was transferred to the Diocese of Pathein in Ayeyarwaddy Division, and was installed as Bishop of Pathein on 25 August, 1996. Being the Bishop of Pathein, he was also assigned as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Lashio from May 1996 to November 1998 and Archdiocese of Mandalay from 3 April 2002 to June 2003.

On May 24, 2003, Bishop Charles Bo was nominated Archbishop of Yangon and received the Pallium from (St.) Pope John Paul II on 29 June, 2003.

Source: AustraLasia

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