Last November, a democratic government was elected and the new context gave less space and power to the military; which was not ready to accept this change. On 1 February 2021, the army seized control of the country by force and arrested members of the government, writers, artists as well as a large number of protesters. Many young people were beaten up or even killed. However, the demonstrations continued. The Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), which brings together many civil servants, has set up plans to protect the citizens.
The Jesuits of Myanmar, who reside in the country or studying elsewhere in the world, invite all people of goodwill to pray for justice, peace, and harmony in their country. With the same spirit, this Mass was celebrated in the church of the Gesù. A significant number of religious sisters from Myanmar and other Asian countries were present and actively participated in the readings and the prayers of the faithful. Representing many of the communities in Rome, Jesuits attended the Mass including Fr. José Magadia, Father General’s Assistant for Asia-Pacific.
While looking at the photos of the celebration, we invite you to join with the prayers of the Burmese for justice and peace.