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Pope hails Bangladesh as model of interreligious harmony 

Dhaka: Pope Francis has hailed Bangladesh as a role model of peaceful coexistence of people with different religious beliefs.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church praised Bangladesh in an address to priests at Mother Teresa Home for orphans in Dhaka’s Tejgaon before leaving for Rome on November 2, ending his three-day tour the Muslim-dominated South Asian nation.

After the Mother Teresa Home program, he attended another event at Notre Dame College, where he addressed around 7,000 young people.

At the Mother Teresa Home, the pope described disunity between people as the shortcomings of society.

“Bangladesh is a role model of interreligious harmony,” he said.

He urged all to live life happily and away from criticism and backbiting.

“Defaming someone is also a form of terrorism. Both happen secretly,” he said.

After the address, Pope Francis visited the Holy Rosary Church Graveyard next to the Mother Teresa Home.

Before his departure from Dhaka, Pope Francis addressed a group of students at Notre Dame College. The students belonged to Catholics, Muslims and other religions. The Pope told them to welcome and accept those who “act and think differently than ourselves,” according to Reuters.

“When a group of people, religion or a society makes a ‘little world’, they lose the best that they have and plunge into a self-righteous mentality of ‘I am good, and you are bad’,” the Pope said at the Notre Dame College.

He also asked his young listeners to “not to spend the whole day playing with your phone and ignoring the world around you!”

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3 Responses to Pope hails Bangladesh as model of interreligious harmony

  1. Dr.Cajetan Coelho

    “Bangladesh is a role model of inter-religious harmony” – Well said.

     
    • A. S. Mathew

      Inviting Pope, the head of the 1.25 billion Catholic Church to a Muslim Majority country with a very small Christian population itself is a green light of tolerance. We will not hear the Christian persecution in Bangaladesh like some other Muslim countries.

      Pope Francis will be vising UAE without much delay. UAE is getting very high rating in religious freedom from many international Organizations like the U.S. Religious Freedom Foundation. Those nations inviting Pope Francis as the head of the Christian world of 2.3 billion people, those countries will be awarded with economic blessings in course of time.

       
  2. A. S. Mathew

    Pope Francis has given a stern warning ” not to spend the whole day playing with your phone and ignoring the world around you”. Once it was TV, the young people couldn’t carry with them to watch that, but the modern phone trap will be making a generation illiterate in many things because they are fully addicted to the unnecessary and worthless entertainment.

     
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