More than 60 churches have been destroyed by the government in Myanmar since 2011

ICC Note

According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, more than 60 churches have been destroyed in Kachin State since 2011. The most recent church to be destroyed, St Frances Xavier Catholic Church, was destroyed by air strikes on December 3rd, the feast day of St. Francis Xavier. Thousands of Kachin people, who are predominantly Christian, have fled to neighboring China and thousands more have been held up at the border. Myanmar’s war against separatist groups in Kachin State has repeatedly targeted innocent Christians and churches. The burst of violence against the Muslim Rohingya and Christian Kachin groups in Myanmar this year is a strong blow against Aung Suu Kyi’s platform of establishing peace in Myanmar.

12/7/2016 Myanmar (UCA News) – A Catholic church was bombed in the conflict-torn northern Shan State as renewed fighting intensified between the Myanmar military and ethnic armed groups.

In an ironic twist, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mongkoe Township near the Chinese border was hit by air strikes on Dec. 3, the very feast day of St. Francis Xavier.

The parish priest, nuns and some 1,000 Catholics in Mongkoe had already fled to China. No-one was hurt by the morning raid that caused fires to burn well into the afternoon.

Bishop Philip Lasap Za Hawng of Lashio Diocese, northern Shan State, said that he was dismayed.

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