News archive 2012

Bishops welcome visit of Aung San Suu Kyi to Ireland

Bishops welcome visit of Aung San Suu Kyi to Ireland

Bishops welcome the visit to Ireland today of Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, in the light of the continuing links between the Irish Church and Myanmar (Burma).  Trócaire – the overseas aid agency of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference – continues to support a number of projects in the country.  The Irish Columban Fathers, a number of whom are buried in Myanmar, had a missionary province in the northeast of the country until they were prevented from working there in the 1960s by the military dictatorship.  The Columban Fathers – in conjunction with the Diocese of Meath – continue to support education projects for disadvantaged children in the two dioceses where they had a presence.  Archbishop Grawng, Archbishop of Mandalay, attended the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Ireland last week.

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