Dhaka / Pope Francis held a mass attended by tens of thousands of worshippers in Suhrawardy Udyan park in the Bangladeshi capital during which he ordained 16 new priests for the small church of the country which has less than 400 priests.
The pontiff arrived in Dhaka Thursday from Myanmar and explained in his address to Bangladeshi authorities that his priority for this visit was to show closeness with the country’s small Catholic community of less than 500,000 people that represents about 0.2 percent of the population.
While riding on his popemobile, the Catholic leader was greeted with cries of “Long live the Pope!” in their local language from thousands of followers who came from all parts of the country, some having even traveled overnight.
Authorities stated that 100,000 people had gathered for the mass.
Among the attendees was a Spanish priest Benjamin Gomez who works as a missionary in a tribal area of northern Bangladesh and who arrived with three buses, one of which was filled with 40 orphans.
The Pope dedicated a few words thanking them for their generosity in these sacrifices.
“I know some of you have come after traveling for two days. Thank you for your generosity, this indicates the love you have for the church, the love you have in Jesus Christ,” he said.
He then asked the faithful to pray for the priests of Bangladesh, especially those who will receive the sacrament Friday.
The local Catholic Church considered the gesture of the Pope, who during the ceremony ordained 16 priests – 10 are diocesan, one from the Oblates of Mary and five from the Congregation of the Holy Cross – as a gift.
All of the priests were students from the Holy Spirit Major Seminary, the only one in the country, which currently has about 400 seminarians.
One of the new priests is young Jashim Murmu, a native of the Dinajpur diocese who will be the first priest from his village, all the inhabitants being from the Santhal tribe, reported the Vatican agency Asianews.
In Bangladesh, a country with 163 million people, where 90 percent are Muslims, the Catholic Church has an archdiocese, seven dioceses with 34 religious congregations, of which there are 380 priests and 1,500 nuns, according to Asianews data. (December 1, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)
Lee la noticia y responde las preguntas. (Read and answer the questions)
de una misa que celebrará el Papa ante millones de personas.
de una misa que celebró el papa Francisco ante un millón de personas.
de una misa que celebró el papa Francisco ante miles de personas.
esa misa se celebró en la capital de Birmania.
esa misa se celebró durante la visita del Papa a Bangladesh.
esa misa se celebró antes del inicio de la visita del Papa a Bangladesh.
no profesan la religión cristiana.
el papa Francisco fue muy bien recibido en Dacca.
no se dice nada sobre el recibimiento del papa Francisco en Dacca.
el recibimiento al papa Francisco fue un poco frío.
no dijo nada sobre las personas que se tuvieron que desplazar para estar en la misa.
agradeció el esfuerzo que realizaron algunas personas para asistir a la misa.
no sabía que había personas que viajaron para estar presentes en esa misa.
ordenó nuevos sacerdotes para la iglesia de Bangladesh.
no cree necesario que tenga que ordenar nuevos sacerdotes en Bangladesh.
ordenó nuevos sacerdotes antes de su llegada a Bangladesh.