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Myan­mar’s prom­i­nent Catholic Church leader re­minded his coun­ter­parts from other faiths about their moral obli­ga­tion to build peace and har­mony at the grass­roots lev­els in the strife-torn coun­try, UCA News re­ported on 26 April. Speak­ing at an in­ter­re­li­gious peace con­fer­ence in Yan­gon, Car­di­nal Charles Bo told lead­ers from Bud­dhism, Chris­tian­ity, Is­lam and Hin­duism, that the wish for peace needs to shine through ev­ery word and deed, and so­lu­tions must be found through “di­a­logue and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing,” ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The car­di­nal stressed the im­por­tance of the Pan­g­long con­fer­ence which seeks to bring to­gether the coun­try’s di­verse eth­nic groups to dis­cuss how to end con­flict and ne­go­ti­ate a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion. “Peace and har­mony at the grass­roots level will help all the fu­ture Pan­g­long peace con­fer­ences. Re­li­gious peo­ple have a role in di­a­logue and peace­mak­ing,” Car­di­nal Bo said in his key­note speech while ad­dress­ing some 200 par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing del­e­gates from civil so­ci­ety sec­tors. Or­ga­nized by the Catholic church, the two-day con­fer­ence has as its theme, “The role of re­li­gions in build­ing a na­tion of peace and devel­op­ment: Peace is pos­si­ble, peace is the only way.”

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