Although the Rangoon regional government appears to have issued a directive last week to restrict communal worship in homes and other unauthorised venues, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture has said it will have no hand in enforcing the new rules.
The Archbishop of Rangoon, Charles Maung Bo, is officially a cardinal after his elevation at a ceremony at St Peter’s Basilica on the weekend.
Buddhist nationalists in Magwe division have become the latest to march in support of the controversial Interfaith Marriage Law.
Ashin Uttara, a British monk arrested and disrobed in June, lodged an appeal at Rangoon High Court on Monday alongside four fellow clerics.
Locals at the site of the Latpadaung copper mine were not invited to participate in the reconsecration of a hallowed pagoda.
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