Bishop Shwe said in a statement published by Agenzia Fides that “the Burmese army tried to take the Christ the King Cathedral complex three times” before finally occupying it on Nov. 27.
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The Kengtung diocese is in the Shan state of Burma, also known as Myanmar, and is heavily affected by the ongoing civil war.
Observers say the military targeted the archbishop because the government believes it is dealing illegal firearms.
In the past year since the coup, the 73-year-old cardinal has repeatedly urged soldiers to stop attacking the country’s citizens and appealed for peace and dialogue.
“Christ is the light of the world and in that, he is the light that shines in the hearts of all Christians.”
The religious sister said that she views kneeling as a “gesture of reconciliation” that also communicates forgiveness of one’s enemies.
The people of Burma smile and I weep. They weep and I pray. They pray and I am enraptured.