THE first ever Catholic Cardinal of Myanmar/Burma will use a visit to Scotland to ask Scots to support his country during its transition to democracy after decades of military rule.
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the Archbishop of Yangon (Rangoon), who has promised to provide a ‘voice for the voiceless’ in his home country is coming to Scotland from May 8-11 as a guest of Missio Scotland, SCIAF, Aid to the Church in Need and Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
During his trip to Scotland, Cardinal Bo will celebrate Mass at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow, talk to more than 250 pupils from schools in the Motherwell Diocese and take part in a civic reception at Glasgow City Chambers. The Cardinal will also meet Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh, speak to politicians and interfaith leaders and be a guest of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.
Speaking ahead of his visit, Cardinal Bo said:
“My country now stands on the threshold of hope. After over half a century of brutal oppression at the hands of successive military regimes and after more than 60 years of civil war, we now have the possibility to begin to build a new Myanmar, to develop the values of democracy, to better protect and promote human rights and to work for peace.”
Cardinal Bo added:
“Your beautiful nation, Scotland, has wrestled with its own questions in recent years over its political status and destination as a country. You have grappled with debates over autonomy, self-determination and indeed, religious diversity. So I would like to learn from you.
“I look to our friends around the world, including in Scotland, to help my country ensure that every person in Myanmar, of whatever race or religion, has their rights protected, without discrimination.”
Note to editors:
1. You are invited to send a reporter, photographer, camera crew to:
a. The Ravenscraig Centre, Motherwell at 9am on Monday May 9 where the cardinal will meet 250 pupils from schools across Scotland.
b. Glasgow City Chambers at 6.45pm on Monday May 9, where the cardinal will be the guest at a Civic Reception and participate in a Q&A session.
c.Interfaith meeting with politicians in the Lauriston Jesuit Centre at 2.30pm on Tuesday May 10.
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3. Cardinal Bo is Chairman of the Office of Human Development in the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and, since 2015, a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and the Pontifical Council for Culture. In January 2016, he served as Papal Legate at the International Eucharistic Congress.
4. Missio Scotland is the Pope's official mission charity. For more information contact: Gerard Gough, Communications Co-ordinator on 01236 449774 or E-mail: email@example.com
5. SCIAF is the official aid and international development charity of the Catholic Church in Scotland. For further information contact: Val Morgan, Media Officer on 0141 354 5555 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Directly under the Holy See, Aid to the Church in Need is a charity that supports Christians wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. For further information contact: Michael Robinson, Communications Executive in Scotland on 07908033878 or E-mail: email@example.com
7. Christian Solidarity Worldwide is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice. For further information contact: Ruth Donaldson, Regional Development Coordinator Scotland on 07880668068 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org