Burma is entering a “season of hope,” said the Cardinal Charles Maung Bo recollecting the decades of suffering the countries faithful had gone through.
“Our country was taken to five decades of Calvary by evil men. Every one thought this was a country without an Easter. You have witnessed from afar the suffering of this nation. Those times many countries did undergo the way of the Cross. There was an iron curtain. But our country was under what was called a bamboo curtain,” said the Cardinal in a Mass at Westminster Cathedral.
Cardinal Bo described how the country had suffered under the oppressive military rule in 1962. He said “our Calvary was marked by enforced starvation, denied education to the youth, arrest and incarceration of thousands for asking for basic rights, the death and disappearance of thousands.”
But the Cardinal expressed hope that God was protecting the country and its faithful in the days of oppression. He concluded by saying “this is an Easter season for the world. Despite the bad news in the Middle East, the world is waking up to a new Pentecost phase. This season culminates in the Pentecost. Pentecost is the birth of Christianity.”