Yangon (Agenzia Fides) - "The current situation is very worrying because the Covid-19 epidemic has affected the whole world and the number of infected and dead, on a global scale, is increasing every day. As there are many people who have died because of the virus, we express closeness to the families of the victims, and pray for the necessary treatments and medicines and for the healing of the sick. To support those who take care of the people infected by the epidemic, our Archbishop Card. Charles Maung Bo invites all the faithful of the parishes of the Archdiocese of Yangon to offer continuous Eucharistic adoration on Sunday 8 March 2020, after the morning mass, until 5.00 pm. Therefore, I ask all the parish priests to find a way to carry out this request for incessant prayer": this is the message spread in the community by Mgr. John Msgr. Saw Yaw Han, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Yangon. As Fides learns, in this way the Church in Myanmar is reacting to the crisis of the coronavirus, launching a campaign of prayer, solidarity and support for those who are committed to fighting the spread of the virus.
Concerned about the onset of the infection, even if the country has not been affected by the emergency so far, the Catholic Church in Myanmar had already decided to cancel the annual Marian celebrations for the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The celebrations have been held since 1902 in the well-known Marian shrine of Nyaunglebin, in the diocese of Yangon, where hundreds of thousands of pilgrims should have flocked, in a national event and celebration. For over a month, the Catholics of Myanmar have been engaged in a prayer chain and during the liturgies they address special intentions for "all the brothers, sisters and countries affected by this sad scourge", Cardinal Bo said. Although the government's measures and precautions are working, the spread of the virus in various Southeast Asian countries keeps the whole country on alert. (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 7/3/2020)