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Bangladesh bishop: family failures breed radicalism

July 06, 2016

Reacting to the July 1 terrorist attack that killed 20 people in Dhaka, a Catholic bishop in Bangladesh has suggested that the radicalization of young people is due in part to the failures of families.

Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi told the Fides news service that some parents had failed to provide real care for their children, neglecting their moral education. "They have exposed them to ideological propaganda," he said. "And we cannot forget the issue of madrasas where young people are brainwashed, training them to radical ideas."

Bishop Rozario noted that the young men involved in the Dhaka shootings came from wealthy families and attended prestigious schools. They appeared to be "decent boys," he said, but they were vulnerable to the appeals of radical Islam.

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