The Kengtung diocese is in the Shan state of Burma, also known as Myanmar, and is heavily affected by the ongoing civil war.
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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.
The country’s Catholic bishops issued a statement June 11 appealing for peace, a humanitarian corridor in the conflict zones, and respect for the sanctity of places of worship.
The religious sister said that she views kneeling as a “gesture of reconciliation” that also communicates forgiveness of one’s enemies.
The announcement came a day after Pope Francis once again expressed concern about the Southeast Asian country, officially known as Myanmar, where security forces have fired on people protesting against the Feb. 1 coup.
Speaking to Reuters, Sr. Tawng said: “I begged them not to hurt the protesters, but to treat them kindly, like family members.”
Speaking at the end of his general audience on March 3, Pope Francis lamented the deaths of protesters following a military coup in the Southeast Asian country on Feb. 1.
At least 18 protesters were killed and 30 people were wounded on Sunday when police fired live rounds and used non-lethal force against the crowds, according to the UN’s human rights office.
Reports on Sunday said that some protesters in Mandalay threw projectiles at police, who responded with live fire and tear gas.
In a Feb. 3 statement, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon asked the military to release “the voice of our people” Aung San Suu Kyi, and called the coup “shocking.”