- By Nandar Win, Zaw Gyi
Photos by Zaw Min Latt
The Kyaikasan Grounds, once in the past, the State Ceremonies and mass meetings were held saw a huge amounts of people coming from various parts of the country, since the evening on November 28. In the morning of November 29, psalms of Roman Catholic Church are spreading about the grounds, with those present there are waving Myanmar national flags and miniature flags with the logo symbols of peace and love on.
In fact, the audience occupying the whole area of the ground came to attend to the holy praying ceremony of the Pope Francis, who has been on an official historic visit in Myanmar.
The Pontiff who brought peace and loving kindness together with him greeted audiences in the unroofed car in the grounds, followed by the ceremony of holy praying under the Papal leadership.
The audience recited psalms, praying together with the Pope Francis, who gave God’s Blessings after praying. In turn, audiences received God’s Blessings shared by the Pope.
Present at the praying ceremony were Cardinals accompanying the Pontiff, Cardinal clerics from India, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Laos, Reverend Monks from Asian countries including Myanmar, Buddhist Sanghas, Catholic Adherents across the nation and people amounting to nearly 200000.
Here are interviews with Catholic adherents in Myanmar made by MNA.
Daw Mary Nwe (Bhamo, Kachin State)
It is a rare chance to pay respect to the Pope Francis, being an opportunity to meet him once in my life. We, the whole family came here today with great pleasure. We pray for the God’s Blessings over the people from Myanmar and across the world.
U Kyan Tin (Lashio, Shan State)
Since 10 pm last night, we waited in the grounds. The Pontiff, being the representative of Jesus Christ, came here for the first time over 2 thousand years. From today’s praying ceremony we came to be well convinced that revenges are the wrong concepts. Contrariwise, we came to know that we must direct towards forgiveness and peace.
Daw Julee San Mai (Bhamo, Kachin State)
I think all those who belong to the same belief will be pleased. As included in the Pope Francis’s speech, the God told us not to revenge, which is not of value.
Loving kindness and
helping to each other is the noblest and the most pleasant ones. Jesus Christ came to the world for the sake of the people. After two thousand years, the Pontiff came to us. This is a good omen for the country, Myanmar.
Daw Zin Mar (Mayangone township, Yangon)
The Pope, the highest in our Catholic Church came here. It is a rare chance to hear the Holy Statements. All religions have good characteristics of their own. All want to live in peace, hand in hand with each other. Revenge is not good. It needs to solve with loving kindness. All should live in peace as designated by the God.
U Saw Walter (Myan Aung, Ayeyarwady Region )
We are very happy to have a chance to meet the Pope, once in a life. I came here to fulfill my itching desire. In all the religions loving kindness and forgiveness is of great importance. Patience and helping to each other is also good.
Ko Ar Jarr (Labutta, Ayeyawady Region)
I had never thought of meeting the Pope in my life. Today’s praying ceremony is originated in peace. It is necessary for all to bear loving kindness and forgiveness.
Ma Aye Myat Myat Min (Yangon, Dagon)
Being a Roman Catholic adherent, I came here today. Peace is of great need for our country. The Pontiff said to us to live in unity and with loving kindness. May our country be peaceful and pleasant.
Ma En Mary (Hlaing township, Yangon)
Since 4 am I arrived here. On the arrival, the ground was overcrowded with people. Even if we went to the Vatican City it is not possible to meet the Pope. I am very happy to see him. I assume that the papal visit will make Myanmar known to the world.
Flora Rosy (Kandawlay, Mingalar Taungnyunt, Yangon)
Since 11 pm I waited here. It is a great chance for us. I felt our country will receive the God’s Blessings.
Ko Sam San (Kawthaung, Taninthari Region)
I was greatly pleased to be here today. I think the papal visit to Myanmar will bring about betterment for our nation. Along with all his journeys, extraordinary things happened, I felt.