Pope Francis yet again makes a heartfelt appeal for an end to violence in Myanmar as security forces continue their brutal crackdown on anti-coup demonstrators.
“Once again and with great sadness, I feel the urgency to evoke the dramatic situation in Myanmar, where so many people, especially the young, are losing their lives to offer hope to their country,” Pope Francis said at the end of his weekly general audience. “I too kneel on the streets of Myanmar and say: stop the violence! I too extend my arms and say: let dialogue prevail!” the Holy Father said.
He evoked the powerful image of Myanmar Catholic nun, Sister Ann Rosa Nu Tawng, who recently dissuaded the security forces from harming the peaceful protesters.
The incident took place on February 28 in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state, as the police readied themselves to crack down on the street protesters. Undeterred by the danger, the 45-year-old Xaverian nun approached the police. Then kneeling before them, she pleaded with folded hands not to harm the unarmed demonstrators. She was ordered to leave immediately, but she stood her ground, saying, “Just shoot me if you want to. The protesters have no weapons and they are just showing their desire peacefully.” The video of her daring act went viral on social media, with various media networks, including the BBC, giving her coverage.
Source: Vatican News