Franciscan mission opening in Burma
Franciscan officials met in Bangkok recently to begin preparations for a mission in Burma (Myanmar) to be staffed initially by one priest from the Philippines and two from Vietnam.
"The Franciscan presence in Myanmar will help the local Church through spiritual animation of the clergy and religious, and through pastoral animation," said the order's General Curia, in a statement reported by Zenit.
Filipino Fr Jimmy Yakit OFM, president of the new foundation, went to the capital Rangoon to see the house which has been acquired on the outskirts of the city.
About 72% of Myanmar's close to 48 million inhabitants are Buddhist, 12.6% are animist, just over 8% are Christian, and 2.4% are Muslim.
According to data provided last November by the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, there are 602,000 Catholics in Myanmar, in 12 dioceses.
They are served by about 500 diocesan priests, some 20 religious priests, close to 100 men religious who are not priests, and almost 1400 women religious.
Franciscan Mission Opening in Myanmar (Zenit 4/7/05)
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Order of Friars Minor | Myanmar. The beginning of the mission (Franciscans 30/6/05)
6 Jul 2005