Bangladesh’s largest parish celebrates the closing of Year of Faith

At least 2,000 Catholics attended the liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Patrick D' Rozario of Dhaka, the President of the Bishops' Conference.

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Nov 26 2013, 3:54 PM
Bangladesh’s largest parish celebrates the closing of Year of Faith

Tejgaon, the largest and oldest parish in Bangladesh, celebrated the closing of the Year of Faith on Friday.

At least 2,000 Catholics attended the liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Patrick D' Rozario of Dhaka, the President of the Bishops' Conference.

"This time we all become stronger and firmer in our Christian faith," the archbishop said in his homily.

"The Year of Faith has made us stronger. Faith means trust. If I have faith in Christ, I can depend on Him," said Joseph Gomes, a 35 year old parishioner.

The parish of Tejgoan was founded in 1677, much before the Vicariate Apostolic of Bengal was created in 1834.

By the second half of the 16th century, Catholics lived in various parts of what is now Bangladesh. When Mylapore (Chennai, India) was made a diocese in 1606, the mission stations of Bengal were placed under its jurisdiction. The churches in Tejgaon and Nagori were erected by the Augustinians at that time.

Today, Tejgaon has more than 30,000 faithful, including Catholic migrants from other areas of Bangladesh.

Source: AsiaNews

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