Cardinal Bo among faith leaders pledging to back Myanmar peace efforts
Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, has joined other faith leaders in declaring their commitment to peace initiatives in the strife-torn southeast Asia country, a move welcomed by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
In an open letter to Myanmar’s people, Cardinal Bo and 17 other members of a high-level delegation from Religions for Peace International and Myanmar stated their commitment to peace and reconciliation efforts in a country currently experiencing internal conflicts, ucanews.com reported.
‘It is at a crucial moment in the history of this country that we, as Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Muslim leaders from Myanmar and across the region, come to you in solidarity with hope for peace,’ began the letter presented to Suu Kyi on 25th May.
The faith leaders rejected the misuse of religion and race to divide the country, saying that doing so violates the fundamental tenets of the world’s religious traditions and brings hatred, discrimination and violence.
The letter went on to say the delegation hoped to help foster the country’s peace and reconciliation process through a series of meetings, suggestions and displays of religious tolerance.
Picture: Police officers detain a student taking part in a rally demanding peace on 12th May at the war-torn section of Yangon, Myanmar. (CNS photo/Reuters).