and Archangel Raphael with Tobit skinning the monstrous fish:
Vocations to the Reparation Sisters abound. There are more than 400 professed sisters in the diocese:
For interest, across the moat from the cathedral stands an impressive statue of Anawratha (reigned 1044-77), Burma's first king:
The clergy here in Taungoo gave us a warm welcome, were interested in the prayerfulness of the traditional liturgy, and hearteningly sound in doctrine. Asked if the confusion over Amoris Laetitia was troublesome here, specifically whether adulterers might be encouraged to receive Holy Communion without first repenting, an experienced priest burst out laughing. Like other priests we have spoken with elsewhere in the country, he says the teaching of Jesus and the Church has long been clear and cannot be changed. The foundation has been laid well, for the foundation is Christ.
Still, we pray the Church in Myanmar may continue to grow in grace and truth, to be able to withstand the storms which inevitably come.