ASIA / MYANMAR – Catholic priests and religious at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic
Myitkyina (Agenzia Fides) – Burmese priests, religious and lay faithful are on the front line to provide medical care to people infected with the Covid-19 pandemic, as the country has registered around 5,000 new cases of infection every day these days. last time. days. In many dioceses, the work of solidarity is very extensive and constitutes a precious contribution to the common good. As Fides has learned, the Health Commission of the Diocese of Myitkyina, in northern Myanmar, has mobilized many Catholic volunteers at this time of real emergency. Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng, the nun who has knelt in recent months to stop the military and has become an icon of nonviolent protest, was among those who wore the gown and protection to perform the anti-Covid test in the clinic run by the nuns. Sister Ann Rose and the nuns salute the respect and gratitude of many families affected by Covid-19 and of all the local population, for their dedication. “I am ready to give my life in the service and care of the needy and the suffering. I pray intensely to the Lord to save and bless the people of Myanmar, ”the nun told Agenzia Fide. Among the different structures, the Diocese of Myitkyina has organized a special health center for patients affected by Covid, which provides comprehensive assistance, including the administration of oxygen, to patients and their families.
“In Myanmar, it is not enough that priests and nuns are only good-hearted. Priests and nuns are needed who offer themselves without reserve, giving themselves in the name of Christ, for a real service to their neighbor, Christ makes himself present in his suffering brother “, Fr. Clemente told Agenzia Fides. , from the diocese of Keng Tong.
The immense work of solidarity and material and spiritual sharing of the Catholic Church in Myanmar also emerges from the example of Fr. Marcian Thet Kyaw, pastor of the Archdiocese of Yangon. The parish priest opened a “Covid Health Care Parish” in his church dedicated to Epiphany. The Center plays a very important role in Yangon by providing free Covid tests and offering first aid to the sick. Thousands of people in Yangon flock to the Catholic Center every day, which has become a symbol of the Church’s commitment to providing health services for the needy. There are many doctors and nurses, Catholics and non-Catholics, who do volunteer work. In view of the strong need for beds, the Catholic Center has recently expanded to occupy another available space in the church complex. Although the oxygen supply to hospitals is controlled by the military, hundreds of patients with Covid-19 are receiving oxygen in this parish center: thanks to the help of some donors, the parish priest managed to obtain 25 apparatus for supplying oxygen to patients.
Bro. Marcian Thet Kyawha declares to Agenzia Fides: “I thank the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus: every day we turn to her, our Mother, and we receive a lot of help from donors, thanks to the Providence of God. . under the heavenly protection of the Virgin Mary to save so many sick and so many desperate families. “Father Marcian Thet Kyawha was also infected with Covid-19 and recovered. He now carries out his pastoral and social mission by helping , consoling and accompanying, with material and spiritual help, suffering people. (JZ-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 7/30/2021)