More
    NewsWorldBangladesh Christians Celebrate their Faith Amid Persecution

    Bangladesh Christians Celebrate their Faith Amid Persecution

    -

    Catholics in Bangladesh gathered in Chittagong last month to celebrate the country’s 500 years of Christianity.

    Church leaders, lay representatives and other participants flocked to the Queen of Fatima Catholic Church in Bandarban district to commemorate their “heritage of faith,” reports Union of Catholic Asian News.

    We need to know our heritage so that we can celebrate our richness of faith in order to become a living, participatory and new church. ~Archbishop, Moses M. Costa

    Holy Cross Archbishop Moses M. Costa led the pastoral gathering. In a speech, he asked the Catholics to remember the missionaries who brought the Christian faith to their country half a century ago.

    He said, “We need to know our heritage so that we can celebrate our richness of faith in order to become a living, participatory and new church.”

    Catholic-run institutions such as schools and hospitals play a great role in providing the basic necessities to the local poor, according to The Hindu.  However, recent attacks by Islam extremists made the small Christian community fear for their safety.

    Various activities were lined up for the special jubilee year which was entitled “Heritage, Celebration and Renewal.” Faith confirmation, health services, evangelization, and catechism are some of the topics discussed among the participants.

    Archbishop Costa said the Chittagong Archdiocese is focusing on faith formation of various groups in the community, starting with the family. He emphasized the importance of understanding incarnation, about why Jesus came into this world. “It will help us to understand what the church really means and what faith will do for us.”

    Bangladesh is a predominantly Muslim country. Christians make up less than 0.5% of the country’s 160 million people. For many years, Christians have lived a peaceful existence in the South Asian country. Catholic-run institutions such as schools and hospitals play a great role in providing the basic necessities to the local poor, according to The Hindu.

    However, recent attacks by Islam extremists made the small Christian community fear for their safety. Last year, jihadists murdered a Catholic grocer and two converts from Islam. In addition, the government implemented a law which forced about 200 Christian organizations to shut down, reports Gatestone Institute.

    Despite the persecution, the Catholics in Chittagong are looking forward to the events of the year-long jubilee celebration.

    “Missionaries and Christians shed blood and lives for their faith,” said Sister Hanima from Little Handmaids of the Church congregation. “They have become witnesses of Christ amid persecution and didn’t stop preaching love of Christ and serving people. Their life of faith is an inspiration for us.”

    Sources:
    Union Catholic Asian News
    The Hindu
    Gatestone Institute

    Joyce Dimaculangan
    Joyce Dimaculangan
    Joyce has more than 15 years experience writing news, industry articles and blogs for the private and public sectors. Most of her career was spent writing technical documentation for a software company in the Philippines. She earned a B.A. in Communication Arts with a concentration in writing from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. During her leisure time, Joyce pursues her interest in reading fiction and playing with her dogs. She can be contacted at Joyce@onechristianvoice.com.

    Latest news

    Stunt Bikers Spread the Gospel Worldwide

    Action Sports Outreach (ASO) was in Festival Manchester with a mission to share their faith as they do artistic twists and jumps with their bicycles.

    Indonesia Boosts Digital Evangelism

    Hundreds of communication leaders in Indonesia gathered in Bali to reinforce digital evangelism in the country.

    Gospel Reaches 100 Million People Thru Billy Graham Online Ministry

    Over 100 million people worldwide have encountered the Gospel through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's (BGEA) internet evangelism ministry called Search for Jesus.

    5 Organizations in FL Honored as Certified Best Christian Workplaces

    Five organizations in Florida were named as Certified Best Christian Workplaces in the first half of 2022.

    ‘Lifemark,’ the Kendricks’ latest movie, perfectly captures the emotions of adoption 

    Editor’s note: This monthly series, “5 Family-Friendly Things,” spotlights five family-friendly entertainment choices on film, DVDs, streaming or television. Filmmakers...

    Christians Denounce Greene’s Call for Christian Nationalism

    Thousands of Christians in the US signed a petition denouncing a lawmaker's call for Christian nationalism.

    Must read

    Christians Denounce Greene’s Call for Christian Nationalism

    Thousands of Christians in the US signed a petition denouncing a lawmaker's call for Christian nationalism.

    Christian Groups Condemn Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    More than 80 Christian groups in the US condemned the bill legalizing same-sex marriage. In a letter signed by 83 faith-based groups, it called the Senate to oppose the said bill which they claim is an attack on people of faith.

    You might also likeRELATED
    Recommended to you