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BURMA: Helping priests minister to refugees

Category: Mass stipends and subsistence aid

There are up to 2.5 million Burmese people in Thailand – with more entering the country every day – including refugees who have fled armed conflict.

Refugees are not allowed to leave the camps along the border, so Burmese priests visit the camps instead – and thanks to you Aid to the Church in Need is supporting the priests with Mass stipends.

Bishop Joseph Visitnondachai of Nakhon Sawan diocese in Thailand told Aid to the Church in Need staff that Burmese priests were sent to work with immigrants because of a shortageof Thai clergy and because they spoke the same language. "At first we didn't know how we would feed the priests," he said. "But Aid to the Church in Need said 'Don't worry, we will help you.'"

The stipends enable the priests to buy food and other basic necessities – and to continue their vital ministry. Bishop Visitnondachai said: "Only by the help of Aid to the Church in Need can we give stipends to the six priests who are visiting the refugee camps and the migrants."

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Burma (Myanmar) - Mass stipends - Pastoral aid - Priests - Thailand

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