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20 thieves attack church in Bangladesh

November 30, 2016

At least 20 thieves attacked a Catholic parish in Gazipur, Bangladesh, on the night of November 26, tied up security guards and the parish priest, and stole cash, a camera, and other objects, according a report from AsiaNews.

“They wanted to kill me with sharp weapons,” said Father Vincent Bimal Rozario. “They asked me where the money and valuables were. I was forced to tell them.”

There have been other thefts at the parish in recent years, and two nuns at the parish convent were attacked and raped in 2014.

“The priests and nuns sacrifice their lives for the Church,” said the vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh. “It is inhumane that they are victims of theft and persecution. I strongly condemn what happened.”

 
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