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06/18/2022 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – A Catholic church was burned in Myanmar’s Kayah state on June 15, making it yet another place of worship under attack by the Tatmadaw (Burmese Army).

Located in the heavily populated Christian state of Kayah, St. Matthews Church was set ablaze by junta soldiers. This is one of many assaults against Christian believers since the military takeover of the democratically elected government.

The destruction of worship places indicates the junta’s desire to spread the Buddhist religion and stop Christians who support local defense forces against the coup. According to UCA News, fighting between the military and local defense forces has intensified in Kayah state since June 6.

The attack on the church comes just a couple of days after a group of bishops in Myanmar made a public statement pleading for respect for life and an end to the conflict.

Please pray for our brothers and sisters afflicted by tragedy and loss and for peace in Myanmar.

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