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Bangladesh: Religious Work Compromised, Missionary Says


Recent violence directed at religious minorities in Bangladesh “is causing some consequences on the exercise of the ministry,” an Italian missionary order said.

The social climate in the country remains “marked by concern” and “especially minorities feel they are under fire,” according to a statement by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, reported the Vatican news agency Fides.

Police follow or accompany Christian missionaries on their travels and sometimes recommend them not to do so.

“If restrictions continue and increase even more, it will be necessary perhaps, with regret, to rethink about our location,” a local missionary told Fides.

On Nov. 18, Italian Father Piero Parolari, was shot by three attackers in Dinajpur. On Dec. 10, a Hindu temple in Kaharul was bombed, injuring nine people. On Feb. 21, a Hindu priest was shot and killed in the country’s north.

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