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Myanmar: Church Destroyed as Junta Continues Onslaught

The junta is ostensibly hunting for anti-regime activity, but it is no accident that the church was targeted: Myanmar is another country in which Christianity is seen as a foreign faith. Christians make up about 8.2 percent of the population of Myanmar. Most of these Christians are Protestants, with Roman Catholics comprising most of the rest; there is, however, a small community of Christians who belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church, which broke communion with Holy Orthodoxy after the fourth ecumenical council, the Council of Chalcedon in 451, over its definition of the two natures of Christ, divine and human. Also, 13th century inscriptions in Greek have been discovered in Myanmar, indicating that there may have once been a Greek Orthodox presence there.

For more coverage of the persecution of Christians in Myanmar, see here.

“Church Destroyed as Myanmar Junta Continues Onslaught,” International Christian Concern, June 3, 2022:

06/03/2022 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – The Johnson Memorial Baptist Church and 10 civilian houses were destroyed in a junta attack in the deserted town of Thantalang in western Myanmar’s Christian-majority Chin state, according to media reports.

Chin Human Rights Organization said it was the 29th arson attack in the town and nine church buildings have been destroyed so far.

At least 300 houses have been destroyed in the town and more than 10,000 residents have fled as a result of indiscriminate shooting and shelling by the military since September 2021.

St. Nicholas Catholic Church was completely burned down by the junta on Nov. 27, 2021.

Chin state has been at the forefront of resistance to military rule and has witnessed fierce attacks including airstrikes, heavy artillery, and indiscriminate attacks on civilians. Hundreds have been arbitrarily detained and dozens killed.

The latest arson attack came within days of a raid and burning down of 320 houses in a historic Catholic village in the Buddhist Bamar heartland of Sagaing….

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