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People flock to hear 'miracle' prayers

Parish hosts special devotions by Swedish brothers who claim they cure various ailments

People flock to hear 'miracle' prayers
People attend miraculous healing prayer service at Baradal parish of southwestern Khulna diocese
Immanual Uday Halder, Satkhira

April 11, 2011

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The hope of a miraculous cure has prompted hundreds of Christians and non-Christians to flock to special ecumenical prayer healing services in a parish in Khulna diocese. The prayer services at St. Francis Xavier Church are being jointly held by the Baradal Ecumenical Committee and the Protestant Free Christian Church of Bangladesh (FCCB). They began on April 5 and ended on Saturday. The organizers hold Bible classes from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., while the healing prayers are said from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. each day. The program is being led by two Swedish brothers Albin Karlson and David Oliw who belong to Protestant Well Mission Church. It is the fourth time they have visited Bangladesh to hold the special prayer service. “We like to go all over the world and preach the Good News and help people get blessing from the living Jesus Christ,” they said. The FCCB's head of reporting, Isaac Samaddar, 42, translates the prayers into Bengali for the participants. Some claim they were healed through the devotional prayers. Renuka Ghosh, 52, a Hindu housewife, claimed that she can hear clearly now after suffering from partial deafness for many years. “People have flocked here from far and wide. They come and pray together to Jesus,” said catechist David Mondol. Father Babul Boiragi, the local parish priest, said he was happy to support the efforts. “We thank the organizers for holding this event and curing people. We’re glad to hold it here and hope it will foster interreligious and ecumenical harmony,’ the priest said. BA13930.1649
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