Charles Maung Bo

Charles Maung Bo


Archbishop of Yangon
Native name
Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Yangon
See Yangon
Appointed 15 May 2003
Installed 7 June 2003
Ordination 9 April 1976
Consecration 16 December 1990

by Alphonse U Than Aung
Created cardinal 14 February 2015

by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth name Charles Maung Bo
Born (1948-10-29) 29 October 1948 (age 71)

Monhla Village, Shwebo District, Sagaing Region, Myanmar
Nationality Burmese
Residence Yangon, Myanmar
  • John Bo
  • Juliana Aye Tin
Previous post Bishop of Pathein (1996–2003)
Alma mater Nazareth Aspirantate
Motto Omnia possum in eo

('I can do all things in Him', Philippians 4:13)
Ordination history of

Charles Maung Bo
Priestly ordination
Date 9 April 1976
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator Alphonse U Than Aung
Co-consecrators Abraham Tran Paul Zingtung Grawng
Date 16 December 1990
Elevated by Pope Francis
Date 14 February 2015
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Charles Maung Bo as principal consecrator
Lucius Hre Kung 2 February 2014
John Saw Yaw Han 12 April 2015
Styles of

Charles Maung Bo
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Charles Maung Bo (Burmese: ချားလ်မောင်ဘို, [t͡ɕʰál màʊɴ bò]; born 29 October 1948) is a Burmese Catholic prelate who has served as Archbishop of Yangon since 7 June 2003. He was created a cardinal by Pope Francis in 2015.

Early life and education [ edit ]

Bo was born on 29 October 1948, in Monhla Village, Shwebo District, Sagaing Region, Myanmar to parents John and Juliana Aye Tin.[1] Bo's father, a farmer, died when he was 2. Thereafter, he was sent to a Salesian-run boarding school in Mandalay.[2] From 1962 to 1976, Bo studied at the Nazareth Aspirantate, a Salesian seminary, in Anisakan village, near Maymyo (now Pyin Oo Lwin).[1]

Career [ edit ]

Bo was ordained a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco order on 9 April 1976. He was appointed as prefect of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lashio in 1986. Four years later, he was consecrated Bishop of Lashio. In 1996, he was transferred to the Diocese of Pathein. On 17 March 2001, Pope John Paul II named him a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.[3]

On 24 May 2003, Pope John Paul named Bo Archbishop of Yangon.[4] On 17 January 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named him a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture.[5]

On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make Bo a cardinal on 14 February of the same year.[6] At that ceremony, he was assigned the titular church of Sant’Ireneo a Centocelle[7]

In April 2015 Pope Francis named him a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and the Pontifical Council for Culture, and in July 2016 a member of the Secretariat for Communications.[8][9]

In July 2018, Francis named him a delegate to the Synod of Bishops on youth, faith, and vocational discernment.[10]

He was elected to a three-year term as head of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) in the fall of 2018.[11]

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b "Biography of Archbishop Charles Bo". Archdiocese of Yangon. 2013. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  2. ^ Mudditt, Jessica (17 December 2012). "The spirit of Christmas". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 17.03.2001" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 17 March 2001. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 24.05.2003" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 24 May 2003. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 17.01.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 17 January 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali". Vatican News Network. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 13.04.2015" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 13.07.2016" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 14.07.2018" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  11. ^ Sainsbury, Michael (12 January 2019). "Myanmar cardinal to focus on peacebuilding as he takes over helm of FABC". Crux. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 3 February 2020.

External links [ edit ]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by

John Jocelyn Madden, SDB
Bishop of Lashio

Succeeded by

Philip Lasap Za Hawng
Preceded by

John Gabriel
Bishop of Pathein

Succeeded by

John Hsane Hgyi
Preceded by

Gabriel Thohey Mahn-Gaby
Archbishop of Yangon

2003 – present
Preceded by

titular church established
Cardinal Priest of Sant’Ireneo a Centocelle
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