Almost 90% of the inhabitants of Bangladesh are Muslim. Catholics are only a tiny minority at 0.2% of the population, and the majority of the faithful belong to smaller ethnic groups. This makes them minorities twice over: in their religion and in their ethnicity. But while the Catholic Church may be small in numbers, it is very dynamic and the faith of its members is strong. Last year’s visit from Pope Francis was an important source of further encouragement.
Just under 80,000 Catholics live in the Diocese of Mymesingh in the northern part of the country. The Catholic faith was introduced in the region only 125 years ago. Most of the people who were baptized had previously belonged to one of the traditional ethnic religions. The Good News of Christ has taken root deep within them and they practice their faith intensively. The Church has become their home.
Two hundred Catholic families live in the village of Digolbagh. The village is located close to 2 miles from the mission of Bhalukapara and is quite isolated. Although the village has been Catholic since 1924, it still has no chapel. The local priest, Peter Rema, is very dedicated to the spiritual well-being of the community. He has therefore asked for our assistance: he would like to finally give the Catholics in Digolbagh a chapel in which they can gather for prayer. The faithful themselves are making great sacrifices to realize this project, but are too poor to raise the funds. That is why we would like to help by donating $11,900.
Will you help us fulfill our promise to fund the construction of a chapel for this poor village in Bangladesh?
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