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Burma’s bishops identify challenges facing nation

Catholic World News - June 21, 2013

Following their annual meeting, the bishops of Myanmar (Burma) issued a statement expressing joy in recent political changes and outlining what they perceive as the greatest challenges facing the nation.

The nation, the bishops said, needs to establish compulsory education, respect “the rights and dignity of indigenous groups,” and work to end ethnic and religious conflicts.

“God has given the nation natural resources to be protected and not to be exposed to international exploitation,” added the bishops, who also called for aid for Burmese refugees. “Their silent and their inhuman tears cry [for] justice.”

4% of the people in the largely Buddhist nation are Christian; just over 1% are Catholic.

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