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 …
Father Paul Gomes of the cathedral Parish of the Good Shepherd, to which Kolimnagar belongs, has turned to ACN with a request for help. The new church will be used not only for Holy Mass and other liturgical celebrations, but also for catechetical and other pastoral programs and gatherings aimed at helping the people to deepen their faith and live a truly Christian life.
“They have all this pressure from the powerful people living around them, especially the Muslims. They think that, as they are a minority people, they can do what they like with them. They even think they can kidnap their young girls or attack the people, the women or the men, it doesn't matter. So, they always have this kind of pressure. But, as a Church, we are beside them, to protect them; always we take care of them."