Catholics, Protestants pray during unity prayer week
Promise not to lure each other’s flock while preaching the good news
ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
January 25, 2011
Father Patras Hasdak, secretary of the northwestern Rajshahi diocesan Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue said Catholic and Protestant Churches in the territory met in a common prayer meeting on Jan. 19.
“As we all follow the same Christ, unity among us is important,” the tribal Santal Catholic priest said.
He recalled that last year a national daily claimed that some Protestant churches were bribing poor people to become Christians in the area, which he considers as blackening the Christians’ image.
“We sat together then and unanimously resolved not to influence or lure others while preaching good news,” Father Hasdak said.
“When the month of January comes we speak of unity and pray for each other. We can establish greater unity among ourselves by acting as we pray,” said Andrew Biswas, 52, a pastor from Baptist Church in southern Khulna.
Biswas added that Christians belonging to various Churches can be united following example of the Apostles: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
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