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Cardinal Bo appeals for transformation of war instruments into tools of peace

The archbishop of Yangon has called on humanity to “echo the universal language of fraternity” and focus on pursuing peace during Holy Week observance.

“Together, let the world pledge to transform instruments of war into tools of peace, and all fears into unwavering trust,” said Cardinal Charles Maung Bo in his Palm Sunday message. 

The prelate expressed hope that the Lenten Season would “soften the hearts of those entrenched in violence and empower them to embrace the path of reconciliation”.

In a period marked by introspection and reconciliation, Cardinal Bo said the Holy Week invites people of goodwill to respond to the anguished cries of the innocent and the oppressed, particularly the youth, who have suffered the brunt of violence and conflict.

“Today, as we witness the devastating toll of conflict even in the birthplace of Jesus, Ukraine, and our own soil, let us raise our voices in fervent prayer for peace,” he said.

Cardinal Bo, who heads the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences, called for a peace that is not only desired but actively pursued through justice, dialogue, and reconciliation.

“Let us cherish the abundant human resources bestowed upon our land and nurture them to flourish, rather than allowing them to wither amidst the turmoil of war,” he said. 

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The prelate echoed Pope Francis’ message to the youth “not to let hope be stolen,” highlighting the importance of reviving hope through faith in the Risen Christ.

According to the cardinal, this hope has the power to dispel discouragement, foster solidarity, and combat the seeds of violence sown by a culture of indifference and confrontation.

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