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Charles Maung Bo

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Charles Maung Bo

Archbishop of Yangon
Cardinal Bo in India.
Native name
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed15 May 2003
Installed7 June 2003
Ordination9 April 1976
Consecration16 December 1990
by Alphonse U Than Aung
Created cardinal14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Charles Maung Bo

(1948-10-29) 29 October 1948 (age 75)
ResidenceYangon, Myanmar
  • John Bo
  • Juliana Aye Tin
Previous post(s)Bishop of Pathein (1996–2003)
Alma materNazareth Aspirantate
MottoOmnia possum in eo
('I can do all things in Him', Philippians 4:13)
Ordination history of
Charles Maung Bo
Priestly ordination
Date9 April 1976
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorAlphonse U Than Aung
Co-consecratorsAbraham Tran Paul Zingtung Grawng
Date16 December 1990
Elevated byPope Francis
Date14 February 2015
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Charles Maung Bo as principal consecrator
Lucius Hre Kung2 February 2014
John Saw Yaw Han12 April 2015
Styles of
Charles Maung Bo
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

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]


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]


  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. Archived from the original on 13 November 2017. 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.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Lashio
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Pathein
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Yangon
2003 – present
Preceded by
titular church established
Cardinal Priest of Sant’Ireneo a Centocelle