ASIA/BANGLADESH - Cardinal D'Rozario to the faithful in Sri Lanka: "We are next to you"

Monday, 6 May 2019 solidarity   terrorism   episcopal conferences   religious minorities  

Dacca (Agenzia Fides) - "We assure you that we are united with all of you in the sufferings, pains and difficulties you are facing. We pray for all those who have lost their lives, for those who have been injured and for the families of the victims": writes Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, Archbishop of Dacca, in a note sent, on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh, to Mgr. Winston S. Fernando, Bishop of Badulla and president of the Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka. In the note, sent to Agenzia Fides, the Church in Bangladesh expresses "sincere solidarity and closeness to the whole population of Sri Lanka, to the Catholic Church and to all the victims of the tragic Easter attack". Cardinal D'Rozario, who is President of the Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh, says: "The whole Catholic community in Bangladesh is shocked and continues to suffer for the loss of so many lives. We have no words to express our feelings. We also pray for the conversion of those who have caused such inhuman violence and an attack on the peace of society both at a local and global level, once again we assure you, in these difficult times, support and solidarity, with thoughts and prayers. May the gift of Easter, triumph in the world", concludes the letter sent to Fides.
Even the Christian Protestant religious leaders of Bangladesh expressed solidarity with the Church in Sri Lanka. The Reverend Martha Das, Secretary of the "United Forum of Churches" in Bangladesh, says in a message: "We are saddened by the attack on Christians in Sri Lanka during Easter mass. We strongly condemned this inhuman killing. As followers of Christ, we deplore these massacres that destroy peace and we reaffirm our support for peace, harmony and tolerance". "Every religion - the text continues - encourages the building of peace. Let us set an example for the new generations, contributing to a path to peace, harmony, non-violence and love".
After the attacks in Sri Lanka, the Churches in Bangladesh are also in a state of maximum alert. The buildings are guarded by the police and groups of Catholic volunteers. (SC) (Agenzia Fides, 6/5/2019)