Christians make up about 8.2 percent of the population of Myanmar. The overwhelming majority of these are Protestants, with Roman Catholics comprising most of the rest; there is, however, a small community of Armenian Orthodox Christians.
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“Myanmar army targets historic Catholic village,” UCA News, May 9, 2022:
The military has continued to target a historic Catholic village in Myanmar’s central Bamar heartland while the junta’s assault on civilians in predominantly Christian regions remains unabated.
At least 20 houses were burned during a military raid on Chan Thar village in the Sagaing region on May 7, according to local sources.
The raid prompted thousands of people to flee their homes to nearby safe areas. There were no reported civilian casualties from the assault.
“It’s so sad to hear the houses were burned down and destroyed with an intentional attitude,” said a priest from Chan Thar village.
A local Catholic said it was a sorrowful day as her home as well as those of her uncle, aunt and sister were among the houses burned. “How can I give moral support to the relatives and other villagers?” she asked.
The attack on the Catholic village came amid an escalation in fighting between the military and people’s defense forces (PDFs) in nearby areas.
Since January, thousands of Catholics from the village in a region where Christians and Buddhists have coexisted peacefully for decades have fled to safe areas near Mandalay
The village had already been raided at least three times by the military. Two people including one who was mentally disabled were shot dead and three people severely beaten in a raid on Jan. 10 while junta troops destroyed statues and looted property.
Since January, thousands of Catholics from the village in a region where Christians and Buddhists have coexisted peacefully for decades have fled to safe areas near Mandalay.
Three historic Catholic villages in Sagaing region, the Bamar heartland where resistance has been growing to the military among PDFs, have been targeted, while the military has continued attacking civilians’ homes and churches in predominantly Christian regions including Kayah state in eastern Myanmar.
Three villages in Mandalay archdiocese — Chaung Yoe, Monhla and Chan Thar — are known as Bayingyi villages where people are descended from Portuguese adventurers who arrived in the 16th and 17th centuries. The villages have produced many bishops, priests and religious nuns and brothers….