Burma Army Admits Detaining Two Catholic Church Leaders

Assistant priests accused of aiding armed ethnic groups.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Burma (Myanmar) army officials have confirmed that they arrested two assistant priests missing since Dec. 24 and accused them of aiding ethnic separatists. The Burma army accused Dom Dawng Nawng Latt and La Jaw Gam Hseng of serving as “informers and spreading false news on behalf of the armed insurgents” […]

Concerns Mount that Clergymen in Burma Have Been Killed

Two assistant priests missing for more than two weeks.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Villagers in Shan state, Burma (Myanmar) are increasingly concerned over indications that two assistant priests in Burma have been killed. Sources told Morning Star News that the Burma army arrested Dom Dawng Nawng and La Jaw Gam Hseng on Dec. 24 after the two assistant priests helped journalists report on […]

Clergymen Missing after Helping Reporters Cover Bombing of Church Building in Burma

Area Christians suspect government forces arrested them.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Two assistant priests in Burma (also called Myanmar) are missing after informing journalists about the bombing of a Catholic church building in Shan state, sources said. Dom Dawng Nawng and La Jaw Gam Hseng went missing on Saturday evening (Dec. 24) after helping journalists cover the bombing of their church […]

Burma Armed Forces Bomb Church Building Previously Seized as Base, Sources Say

Such occupation, destruction 'routine,' USCIRF report says.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Burmese armed forces last month bombed a Catholic church building in northern Shan state that soldiers had occupied earlier in their fight against ethnic separatists, sources said. In a practice that a U.S. government report released last week described as “routine,” the Burma (also called Myanmar) soldiers occupied the church […]

Christians in Burma Patiently Endure Building of Pagodas on Church Lands

Buddhist monk said to be using structures for religious, political aims.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Striving for a peaceful legacy, Christians in Burma (also called Myanmar) are choosing to patiently endure an influential Buddhist monk’s campaign to build pagodas on church properties. Initially social media and news media registered an outcry from Christians when U Thuzana, a powerful monk better known as Myaing Kyee Ngu […]

Burma (Myanmar) Military Offensive Displaces Kachin Christians

In spite of elections and reforms, no end in sight for conflict with ethnic minorities.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Artillery and air strikes by Burma (Myanmar) government forces on rebel bases in Kachin state in the past week displaced hundreds of ethnic Kachin, a predominantly Christian people long targeted in part because they are not Buddhist. The Rev. Lama Yaw of the Kachin Baptist Convention, who visited areas near […]

Influential Monk in Burma Builds Buddhist Structures on Church Property

Baptist congregation unable to worship at site.

MAE SOT, Thailand, October 26, 2015 (Morning Star News) – An influential Buddhist monk in southern Burma (also called Myanmar) has erected Buddhist structures in a Baptist church compound. Ethnic Karen Christians in Hpa-An, capital of Karen state, have protested against a Buddhist pagoda and a stupa, a structure containing Buddhist relics, since building began […]

Amid Reforms in Burma, Killing of Christian Civilians Continues

Report documents rapes, destruction of church buildings and homes.

CHIANG MAI, Thailand (Morning Star News) – Days before Burmese President Thein Sein was reportedly nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize last week, a report revealed his government troops had killed and raped dozens of civilians and burned hundreds of churches and homes.   At war with rebels in predominantly Christian Kachin state, government troops killed […]

Will We Be Their Voice?

Bill would create special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East/South Central Asia.

(Morning Star News) – Christians worldwide just celebrated the birth of Jesus. For many in the West this was a festive season marked by worship services, gift-giving and time with family and friends. But for the church in the Middle East, fear of persecution cast a long, dark shadow over the Christmas holiday.   Oppression […]