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Cardinal Bo’s visit to Australia to be the first by a Burmese cardinal

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Cardinal Charles Maung Bo. PHOTO: Catholic Mission/Stephen Reinhardt

Outspoken human rights advocate Cardinal Charles Maung Bo will be the first Burmese cardinal to visit Australia when he tours Sydney, Melbourne and Perth from 9 June.

His country’s first and only cardinal, Cardinal Bo, will be a guest of Catholic Mission for its major 2018 fundraising appeal to provide funds for education programs in Myanmar.

He will celebrate a public Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney at 10.30am on Sunday, 10 June. Cardinal Bo will also speak at several events on issues of faith, peace, education and his country’s recent shift towards democracy, and celebrate Masses for the Burmese communities in Sydney and Melbourne.

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A fearless campaigner for peace and reconciliation in his homeland, Cardinal Bo has most notably decried recent abuses against the Royingha in Rakhine State and other hostilities, while defending State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi against international criticism.

“Cardinal Bo is a remarkable leader who has toiled relentlessly for peace and reconciliation in Myanmar,” said Catholic Mission national director Fr Brian Lucas. “Often, he has battled invisible forces and risked a great deal to do so. It is a rare privilege to welcome him to Australian shores.”

For more information on the visit contact Catholic Mission on 02 9919 7833.

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