MANILA, Oct. 29, 2015— Pope Francis has appointed Myanmar’s first cardinal as his representative to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City next year.
The papal legate is Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the 66-year old archbishop of Yangon, who will represent the pontiff throughout the Congress from Jan. 24 to 31.
Cardinal Bo was one of the 20 new cardinals appointed by Pope Francis in February 2015.
A member of the Salesians of Saint John Bosco, in Lashio, N.S.S., he was assigned parish priest at Loihkam from 1976 to 1981, and in Lashio from 1981 to 1983.
After serving as parish priest, from 1983 until 1985, he was posted at Anisakan as Formator.
He also served as apostolic administrator in Lashio from 1985 to 1986 and as Apostolic Prefect from 1986 to 1990.
In March 1996, Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Pathein and later on became archbishop of Yangon in June 2003.
Bo also served as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar from 2000 to 2006. (CBCP News)