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Catholics, Protestants pray during unity prayer week

Promise not to lure each other’s flock while preaching the good news

Catholics, Protestants pray during unity prayer week
A poster on Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity 2011 reporter, Dhaka

January 25, 2011

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Catholics and Protestants across Bangladesh have prayed in solidarity for unity and peace in their communities during the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity which ended today. 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.” Related reports Ecumenical student forum promotes higher education Bangladesh Christians laud ecumenical effort Cultural competition fosters ecumenical harmony BA13016.1638
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