Catholics make up only a tiny minority in Bangladesh, where currently almost 90% of its over 144 million strong population are Muslims. The Catholic Church is relatively young in this particular country of Southeast Asia, which was formerly known as East Pakistan back in 1947 when it gained independence from Britain and split away from India.
Some 77,000 of the country‘s approximately 200,000 Catholics live in the Diocese of Mymensingh today. The presence of the Catholic Church here dates back 100 years, but this particular diocese was only founded in 1987 and is still building up its structures. One particularly difficult problem is the shortage of priests: the diocese has only 22 priests – and its 15 parishes cover a vast area.
Bangladesh is among the poorest countries in the world today, and for the Church here it is almost impossible to fulfill her pastoral mission without outside help. As a result, Bishop Paul Ponen Kuni has turned to ACN to help provide motorcycles for four of his newly ordained priests, who are already working in parishes of up to 13,000 Catholic faithful. He has also asked the same thing for two other priests who are teaching in the diocesan seminary.
He writes, “I humbly ask your help for six motorcycles for our priests, who are maintaining the vitality of the Church and carrying out the work of the diocese for the greater glory of God.”
We are planning to give him $10,600 and are looking to you, our faithful benefactors, for your help, also.
Will you give so that Bishop Kuni can buy motorcycles for his priests to help them better reach the faithful in Bangladesh?
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