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Myanmar’s prominent Buddhist monk contributes to Pope’s coronavirus fund

Sitagu Sayadaw has close ties with Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon and Archbishop Tin Win, who have worked together to promote interfaith dialogue in the Buddhist-majority country. He sits on interfaith councils and travels the world to promote his humanitarian efforts and interfaith dialogue.


Sitagu Sayadaw made a contribution to the coronavirus emergency fund of Pope Francis and also donated essential food items for the needy of the Archdiocese of Mandalay.

Myanmar’s prominent Buddhist monk, Ashin Nyanissara known as Sitagu Sayadaw, has made a contribution of $10,000 to the emergency fund that Pope Francis created recently for people and communities hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The monk also provided bags of rice, cooking oil, beans, onions and salt for orphanages and others in need in Mandalay Archdiocese.

He said he was contributing as a sign of compassion which is common to all religions – Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.

“All we need to do is work hand in hand based on a common platform to tackle Covid-19 and carry out charitable work through solidarity,” Sitagu Sayadaw said.

Archbishop Tin Win said: “As a real friend, I am impressed with his contributions and it shows goodwill and solidarity with people who are most in need in times of crisis. His contributions send a message of interfaith harmony to people across the country.”

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