In most South and Southeast Asian countries, ‘religion is a powerful force, and in most of them, more radical forms of the religion have been getting stronger,’ says religious freedom expert Paul Marshall. ‘I would say the overall pattern is increased tension, increased repression.’
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When no actual weapons turned up, the soldiers left and raided several local mosques, repeating the same threatening behavior.
Observers say the military targeted the archbishop because the government believes it is dealing illegal firearms.
Sacred Heart Cathedral in Mandalay was forcibly overtaken prior to a Lenten prayer service on Friday.
Since fighting began in May 2021, eight Catholic churches in Kayah’s Diocese of Loikaw have been hit by artillery shelling or airstrikes.
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 pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) invited Catholics to observe the day of prayer on Feb. 1.
There are some 750,000 Catholics in the country, led by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the first Burmese national to receive the red hat.
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.