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Myanmar Christians, Muslims and Buddhists pray at Our Lady's Shrine



Feb.12,2014: In Myanmar, Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon, led the solemn celebrations marking the 112th anniversary of the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Nyaunglebin. At least 100,000 people participated in the pilgrimage. In his homily, the prelate spoke of an historic opportunity for reconciliation. He said Myanmar’s government must give up its aggressive nature and repair the damage already done to the innocent. He also paid tribute to its martyrs, who, for five centuries, played a crucial role in the life and evangelisation of the Asian country.
The Marian shrine is located about 145 km north of Yangon, in the diocese of Yangon. Between 7 to 9 February, thousands of people - Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus – flock to the site to pray to Our Lady, asking for intercessions for themselves and the country. This year, the Myanmar government imposed fewer constraints and restrictions on pilgrims coming to the shrine thus many more people from all over the country were encouraged to make the pilgrimage. Prayers centred on bringing peace to the country and for an end to sectarian violence, particularly between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine State. More than 200 priests, 300 religious and 3 archbishops led the celebrations.
Source: AsiaNews




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