Priest makes 450-km bicycle pilgrimage to meet pope

Father Almir Trindade and two companions are spreading news about the papal visit as they head to Dhaka
Priest makes 450-km bicycle pilgrimage to meet pope

PIME Father Almir Trindade, left, and his companions are heading to the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka from northern Dinajpur district by bicycle to meet Pope Francis. (Photo supplied)

November 28, 2017
An Italian missionary-priest is undertaking a 450-kilometer bicycle journey with two companions from northern Bangladesh to meet Pope Francis in the country’s capital Dhaka.

Father Almir Trindade, 38, from Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) set off on the "pilgrimage" from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dinajpur district on Nov. 20.

The priest is now at Gazipur district near Dhaka with two Oraon indigenous Catholics — Ripon Albinus Lakra, 25 and Ranjon Minj, 18.

They intend to attend the papal Mass at Suhrawarday Udyan Park at Ramna, Dhaka on Dec. 1. They will also attend an interfaith youth gathering at Church-run Notre Dame College on Dec. 2.

"Our journey is a pilgrimage. We have decided to take this journey as the Pope is coming as a pilgrim to Bangladesh from thousands of miles away, so we could do the same from here," Father Trindade told

"On the way we have talked to Catholics and Protestants about the pope coming to Bangladesh and they were all enthusiastic," the priest said, who has been working in Bangladesh since 2012.

Father Trindade recalled a recent accident and his recovery as his inspiration behind his journey.

"I injured my leg while playing football and I had to rest up for six months. I prayed every day for my recovery and promised God I will take up cycling for missionary work. This pilgrimage is part of the journey," the priest said.

Pope Francis will visit Bangladeshi capital Dhaka from Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

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