Francis has accepted the invitation to celebrate a special Mass for the people
of Myanmar. Jesuit student P. V. Joseph Buan
Sing said, “We are delighted that
the pope has accepted our invitation. We sent him a letter about a month ago
and were hoping, above all hopes, that would say ‘Yes’. We knew his heart was
close to Myanmar and now he has said that he is willing to celebrate Mass with
us.” Indeed, since the coup d’état at the beginning of February, Pope Francis
asked the faithful, several times, to pray for the people of that country. He
did it during masses and audiences as well as at the end of the Sunday Angelus.
time, Pope Francis’ mass on the feast of the Ascension, on Sunday 16 May, will
bring people from Myanmar who live in Rome and elsewhere in Italy to St.
Peter’s Basilica at 10 AM. Those who have been closely associated with the
country over the years also received an invitation. “Because of social
distancing and the pandemic, says P.V. Joseph, there would not be as many
people as we would like, but Vatican Media will stream, live, the celebration
and everybody, through the internet, can then take part of this prayerful
The programme of the Eucharist, that has been prepared with the
pope’s Master of Ceremonies, Mons. Guido Marini, will include readings and
songs in Burmese and a local dialect, the language used in the area of Kalay, where
P.V. Joseph’s family live.