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Bangladesh: prelate calls on Muslims to ‘respect others’ religious teachings’

April 08, 2016

Amid increasing violence against Christians in Bangladesh, a bishop called on Muslims to “respect others’ religious teachings in order to build a world free from conflict.”

Bishop Gervas Rozario made his remarks during an April 4 gathering of 50 Muslim and Christian leaders at the Islamic Foundation Bangladesh, an organization overseen by the government’s Ministry of Religious Affairs.

“Harmony and coexistence between religions are the prerequisites of social justice, peace and tranquility,” he added, according to an AsiaNews report. “Let us build a society where people of all faiths and cultures can live in complete security and great human dignity.”

“I am in 100% in agreement with the Catholic Church in wanting to build positive relationships between people of different faiths,” said the foundation’s director. “From now on, our organization will boldly work to promote interfaith dialogue. This will enable us to remove religious extremism from our country.”

Bangladesh, a South Asian nation of 169 million, is nearly 90% Muslim, nearly 10% Hindu, and 0.2% Catholic.

 
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