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Christians pray for Dhaka blaze victims

Sumon Corraya, Dhaka

Sumon Corraya, Dhaka

Updated: June 07, 2010 10:54 AM GMT
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A Salesian nun points out to news photos on the Dhaka fire during a prayer meeting held at her convent
A Salesian nun points out to news photos on the Dhaka fire during a prayer meeting held at her convent
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The Catholic Church has organized prayer sessions all across Bangladesh to express sorrow for the dead and sympathy for those injured in one of the worst fires in the country’s history. On June 5, about 300 Catholics, including retired Jesuit Bishop Linus N. Gomes, priests and nuns attended a prayer meeting organized by the Jesuits in Dhaka. The event was held at the Salesian Sisters’ House at Monipuripara in central Dhaka. “Although none of the victims were Christians, I felt they were so dear to me and I couldn’t hold back my tears,” said Eugine Gomes who attended the event. “I found peace in my heart praying for the victims,” Gomes said. “This accident reminds us that we’re part of the greater human family and we can be united with them through prayer,” said Jesuit Father C. John, who organized the prayer vigil. The prayer meeting in Dhaka and in Catholic parishes across the country were held in response to the government’s request to observe a national day of mourning on Saturday. On June 3, fire broke out in the Nimtoli area in the older part of Dhaka city when an electric transformer exploded. The massive fire killed 117 people and injured several hundreds. Local media reported that the death toll could rise as 38 fire victims are still fighting for their lives in hospitals. Related report(s) Day of prayers to follow deadly Dhaka blaze BA09980/1605 June 7, 2010

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