The road to real Christian unity in Bangladesh

Leading church figures seek to foster closer ties among the various denominations
The road to real Christian unity in Bangladesh

Christians attend Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic shrine in Gazipur, central Bangladesh. Christian leaders say more openness is required among churches to improve ecumenical unity. (Photo: Stephan Uttom/UCA News)    

The small church at Kashipur village in Barishal district in southern Bangladesh is a unique place of worship.

Every Sunday, members of the Catholic and Protestant congregations share the space for their special liturgical services in the morning and evening.

Over the years, the church has become a rare symbol of ecumenical fraternity among two of the most notable Christian churches in this Muslim-majority South Asian nation. The sense of interchurch beauty and harmony that Kashipur Church conveys is indeed a truly rare case.

In 2011, the Catholic and Protestant churches formed a common interdenominational forum, the United Forum of Churches in Bangladesh (UFCB), to promote harmony among Catholics and Protestants.

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