Pope visit museum to open in BangladeshCar pontiff used during 2017 papal trip goes on display
The popemobile used by Pope Francis during his visit to Bangladeshi capital Dhaka last year is on public display at Kuchilabari in Gazipur district on Feb. 2. (Photo by Robin Bhabuk)
Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario of Dhaka along with Vatican ambassador Archbishop George Kocherry have announced the setting up of a museum featuring items used by Pope Francis during his recent trip to Bangladesh.
The first exhibit would be the popemobile the pontiff used while in the South Asian country
The announcement was made at gathering at the training center of Christian Cooperative Credit Union Ltd. (CCCUL), a church-oriented financial organization, at Kuchilabari in Gazipur district, near the capital Dhaka.
The credit union donated the car and put it on display at the training center.
CCCUL president Babu Markus Gomes said the agency's support staff used the car before the pope chose it for himself during the trip.
"At the Vatican, the pope was shown various car models that could be used ... but he ditched all expensive cars and chose this simple one. The car is now a holy object touched and blessed by the Holy Father," Gomes said.
Gomes also said they wanted to preserve a rickshaw the pope sat in and promised to back church efforts to open a museum of items used by the pope during his visit.
Pope Francis visited Muslim-majority Bangladesh Nov. 30-Dec. 2 last year.
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