Pope Francis to Bring Message of Harmony to Bangladesh

Published 27 November 2017  |  
(Archdiocese of Dhaka.)
In this file photo, Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario speaks at an interfaith meeting to prepare for the visit of Pope Francis to Bangladesh.

Ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the South Asian country from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, a video message was released in which the pope said he would travel to Bangladesh to proclaim the Gospel message of "reconciliation, forgiveness and peace."

Francis will also meet with the Bangladesh's religious leaders, according to Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, the Archbishop of Dhaka.

"We are living at a time when religious believers and people of good will everywhere are called to foster mutual understanding and respect and to support each other as members of our one human family," said Francis.

"Bangladesh was very happy to welcome this message of the Holy Father's greetings and friendship," said D'Rozario, according to Crux.

"In Bangladesh, where we live, as a minority, we witness to the Gospel through our way of life and our services for all, without discrimination and also through our cooperation together with others for the common good of all," he added.

"The Church is in continuous dialogue of actions, and dialogue of peace and festivals which is our expression of harmony. Dialogue is a very important way of communicating the universal values of humanity," he said.

The theme for pope's visit to Bangladesh is "Harmony and Peace."

"The pope is singling out and highlighting the religious harmony - dialogue and harmony - in his visit. I consider the pope's visit a festival of dialogue, a witness of religious harmony, a celebration of harmony of Bangladesh's culture," said D'Rozario.

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