Card Charles Maung Bo will be the new president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) On 1st January 2019. The archbishop of Yangon (Myanmar) was elect- ed in Bangkok (Thailand), at a meeting of the FABC Central Committee.
The Myanmar cardinal replaces Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay (India), who will end his second term as FABC head on 31 December. Gracias was also FABC general secretary between January and December 2012.
A member of the Salesian Society of St John Bosco, Card Bo was born on 29 October 1948 in Monhla, a village in the Archdiocese of Mandalay.
After studying at the Nazareth Aspirantate in Anisakan, Pyin Oo Lwin, from 1962 to 1976, he made his temporary vows on 24 May 1970, followed by perpetual vows on 10 March 1976.
He was ordained as a Salesian priest in Lashio (Shan State) on 9 April 1976. He served as pastor in Loihkam (1976-1981) and Lashio (1981-1983). From 1983 to 1985, he taught in the seminary of Anisakan.