Diocese of Barisal
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Barisal is a city on the bank of Kirtankhola river in south-central Bangladesh. It is the largest city of Barisal Division and one of the oldest municipalities and river port of the country. It is the administrative headquarter of both Barisal district and Barisal Division. 

The new diocese of Barisal will have the diocese of Chittagong to the east  and the diocese of Khulna to the west. 

Population

Barisal  Diocese covers an area of  20.708 square km. Out of a  population of 15, 183, 927,  the Catholics are 29, 685. 

The new diocese has  five parishes with 13 diocesan priests, 6 religious priests, 4 religious men, 29 religious women and 3 major seminarians.    

History

Barisal was a semi-independent area in the Mughal period because of heavy fighting between them and Hindu chiefs. In course of time, it fell under the Bengal Nawabs, the last being Raja Nakuleswar Bose and then colonial British India, later passed to East Pakistan at independence and finally Bangladesh.

The central city of this region is the city of Barisal. It is one of the biggest river ports in Bangladesh. It is a city with nearly 0.38 million people and a divisional headquarters, medical college, cadet college, some pharmaceutical industries, textile industries and the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority's head office. Barisal is fast growing city of the country stands on the Kirtankhola River. Country's first short landing and takeoff airport has been completed in Barisal and a private Airlines named Air Bengal has begun its regular air flight between Dhaka Tejgaon Airport and Barisal.

The city is sometimes called the "Venice of the East" or the "Venice of Bengal".

Climate

Barisal has a tropical wet and dry climate.

Economy

Barisal is a rice producing center of Bangladesh. Balam (a kind of basmati) is the most popular rice in Barisal. It is also famous for Betel Leaf, a typical south Asian chewing item. As Barisal is surrounded by river so fish is plenty in there. A Bengali saying states, Dhan, nadi, khal ai tine Barisal, which translates to "paddy, river and canal are these three things that make Barisal".

Coconut is a common fruit as the city is located near the coast. Barisal is also known for its hog plum.

Exports: Agricultural products, Hilsha fish, Medicine, Empty Gelatine Capsules, Anchor Cement etc.

Religion

The majority of Barisal's people are Muslims (89.30%), mainly Sunni Islam Hanafi. Other religious groups include Hindus (9.7%), and very few numbers of other religions, mainly Christians (.98%) and Buddhists (0.01%). 

Since end 2015, the Catholic minority has its own Roman Catholic Diocese of Barisal.