Cardinal Charles Bo is the first Cardinal from a south-east Asian country.
Born on 29 Oct 1948 near Mandalay, Burma, he was ordained a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco order on 9th April, 1976.
He is an outspoken voice on human rights, religious freedom and inter-religious harmony, justice and peace building in his country.
“The Eucharist calls us to justice. No other religion elevates justice to this level. No other religion elevates the poor to this level.” Cardinal Bo
Pope Francis announced his appointment in January 2015. Upon his appointment as Cardinal, he told the media, “I want to be a voice for the voiceless”.
He has been called ‘The cardinal who brings poetry to the faith’ and described as one who “speaks like a poet but his evangelical message covers the economy, society and politics”.
Cardinal Bo has played a key role in his country’s struggle for freedom. In his Easter message in 2014, he said: “The task of Christians is to move fences, to tear down walls.”
His country, he said, has been through “our way of the Cross for the last five decades”. A nation “was crucified and left to hang on the cross of humanity. We were a Good Friday people. Easter was a distant dream”.
In December 2015 he celebrated his 25th Episcopal Jubilee.
Hi motto is ‘Omnia Possum in Eo’ : “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Cardinal Bo will be discussing the impact of November’s historic general election, the rights of ethnic and religious minorities and the ongoing opportunities for development and the peace process in Myanmar.
Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear this wonderful speaker, join us online for a webinar on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 1-2 pm.