Prime minister meets papal envoy reporter, Dhaka, Bangladesh

November 9, 2012

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met a church delegation yesterday led by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops. Cardinal O’Connor, who is also Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, is in Bangladesh to attend the 125th anniversary celebration of Dhaka archdiocese. During the meeting the prime minister reiterated her government’s commitment to religious harmony in Bangladesh. “The government is committed to empowering good relationships between various religious faiths. We will continue doing that in the future too,” she told the delegation. Even though Christians are few in numbers - less than half percent of 150 million - they have made great contributions, especially in the education and health sectors, she said. Her comments come just weeks after Muslims ransacked Buddhist temples and villages in Cox’s Bazar district in the south east of the country.