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Meeting spiritual and pastoral needs in Bangladesh

Jesuit priest uses social media to reach out to the faithful as churches remain closed

Meeting spiritual and pastoral needs in Bangladesh

Bangladesh-based Indian Jesuit priest John Chinnappan has been using online platforms to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of local Catholics. (Photo supplied)

Published: May 26, 2020 10:44 AM GMT

Updated: May 26, 2020 11:10 AM GMT

On a bright sunny Monday afternoon, a Catholic priest enters a chapel with a consecrated host placed inside a golden monstrance.

The priest places the Eucharist on the altar and then starts singing a hymn and playing a tambourine to invoke the Holy Spirit.

“Come, O, Holy Spirit; Descend upon us from heaven,” the priest sings for about five minutes and he is joined by dozens of Catholics.

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As the singing ends, the priest uses a PowerPoint presentation to explain to his audience the gifts and attributes of the Holy Spirit as described in the Bible.

“Holy Spirit enables us to drive away demons (Matthew 12:28). He enables us to speak as God would have us speak (Mark 13:11). He helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26),” the priest points out.

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