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The United Nations estimated that up to 230,000 people have already been displaced by fighting in several parts of the country, as armed ethnic groups wage war against state forces.
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 NUG, which was formed on April 16, said that children and elderly people were hiding in the church after fleeing their homes amid bombardment.
Pope Francis, who became the first pope to visit the Southeast Asian country in November 2017, offered the live-streamed Mass at the Altar of the Cathedra, beneath the amber stained-glass window depicting the Holy Spirit as a dove.
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.
Hundreds of civilians, including 44 children, have been killed in the violence in Burma since February, according to the United Nations.
Reports on Sunday said that some protesters in Mandalay threw projectiles at police, who responded with live fire and tear gas.