In Northern Bangladesh Christmas Starts
Dhaka (Fides Service)
- In Sursunipara parish in the diocese of Rajshahi, in northern
Bangladesh, Christmas begins at the end of Summer. In fact Father
Paul Peter Costa, aged 40, has a vast area to cover to visit all
his 6,700 parishioners who live 100 different villages. To make
sure his people, mostly of Santal origin but also Mahali and Uraon,
have a Christmas Mass, Fr Costa begins in mid September to visit
the villages one by one and hold a special Liturgy. With the help
of another priest, Fr Costa makes his rounds across an area of 30
sq km and by Christmas the most distant villagers have celebrated
their Christmas Mass. Speaking to Eglise d'Asie news agency Fr Costa
says he has come "to love these simple people who live the
beatitudes". (Fides Service 3/1/2003)
Kills 9 During Mass In Bangladesh
JUNE 3, 2001 (Zenit.org).- A bomb exploded inside a Catholic church
this morning during a Mass, killing at least nine people and wounding
13 others, the Associated Press reported police as saying.
The blast occurred
at the Catholic Mission Church in Baniarchar, a village in the Gopalgani
district about 96 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of the capital
Jan, parliamentary representative of the Awami League in the Gopalganj
district, initially reported four dead in the blast.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed condemned the bombing, which
occurred in her home district.
attributed a series of recent bomb attacks to Muslim fundamentalists.
This nation of 129 million is about 88% Muslim, and about 1% Christian.