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Archbishop blesses inter-faith cemetery

Burial ground a symbol of inter-religious harmony and cooperation

Archbishop Paulinus Costa of Dhaka blesses the inter-faith cemetery Archbishop Paulinus Costa of Dhaka blesses the inter-faith cemetery
  • Chandan Robert Rebeiro, Narayangonj
  • Bangladesh
  • May 16, 2011
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Archbishop Paulinus Costa of Dhaka along with priests, nuns and local Catholics visited and blessed the country’s only inter-faith cemetery in Narayangonj district recently.

The cemetery about 17 km southeast of Dhaka was established in 1972 and is run by Narayangonj municipality. It was recently renovated and also has a new boundary wall.

It is probably the only inter-faith cemetery in South Asia where followers of four major religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) are buried.

“If the people around the world want to realize what interreligious harmony is they should come to this graveyard. Here, Muslims leave space for those of other religions to bury their dead,” said Archbishop Costa, while blessing the cemetery with holy water and incense.

“Solidarity, cooperation and mutual respect among followers of various religions has seen this inter-faith cemetery exist for many years now,” said Holy Cross Father Edmond Cruze, from Luxmibazar parish, who takes care of the spiritual needs of nearly 1,000 Catholics in Narayangonj.

Pintu Polycarp Purification, 43, secretary of nearby St. Paul’s Church said the cemetery has helped forge inter-faith dialogue and harmony among followers of various faiths in the area.

Mohammad Sohel, 35, a local Muslim said:  “All my life I’ve never seen any enmity regarding the graveyard. We respect each other, and live in harmony.”

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