A senior Catholic priest has authored and printed a e book that paperwork the historical past of Christianity in Bangladesh spanning over 5 centuries with an purpose to encourage younger Catholics to higher perceive the appearance and development of Catholicism amid varied challenges.
Father Albert Thomas Rozario’s Bangla-language e book Bangladeshey Christodhormo and Christomondolir Etikotha (Christian Faith and Christianity in Bangladesh) was launched by Oblate Archbishop Bejoy N. D’Cruze of Dhaka on April 12.
Father Rozario, 61, is a diocesan priest and pastor of St. Joseph’s Church within the Savar space coated by Dhaka Archdiocese. The priest, who’s a Supreme Court docket lawyer, additionally teaches civil and felony regulation to college students at Holy Spirit Nationwide Main Seminary in capital Dhaka.
The 300-page e book is the third Bangla-language e book on the historical past of Christianity and the Catholic Church in Bangladesh after Bangladeshey CatholicMondoli (The Catholic Church in Bangladesh) by Canada-based Catholic author and journalist Jerome D’Costa in 1986 and Bangladeshey Christomondoly Porichiti (Introduction to Church in Bangladesh) by Father Dilip Stephen Costa in 2020.
Father Rozario earlier authored a Christian introduction to sensible regulation for Christians and Shadhu-Shaddhy Der Jibon Kotha (The Lifetime of Saints).
His newest e book covers the historical past of the Church ranging from the arrival of European missionaries within the area within the aftermath of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama touchdown in India in 1498.
I’ve tried my greatest to let our folks find out about 500 years of Christianity on this nation
It examines the historical past of the Church within the then Indian area of Bengal, which is now cut up between Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal. The e book information the historical past of Bangladesh’s eight Catholic dioceses and all parishes.
Father Rozario mentioned the e book is the fruit of greater than three years of analysis.
“Right here I touched the entire historical past of the Church from India to Bangladesh. I’ve tried my greatest to let our folks find out about 500 years of Christianity on this nation,” he instructed UCA Information.
The priest mentioned he documented the historical past of the primary church, arrange by Jesuits in 1600, in current Khulna Diocese that now not exists in the present day.
“I need our subsequent era to know the way Christianity got here to this land and the place we stand now. It’ll additionally turn out to be a useful useful resource for the Christian neighborhood,” Father Rozario mentioned.
Nirmol Rozario, president of Bangladesh Christian Affiliation, believes the e book will remind Christians about their heritage and encourage the younger era of their mental pursuits.
“For any neighborhood, it is extremely essential to know historical past in order that it could possibly transfer ahead to do higher issues with encouragement from the previous. I imagine this e book will turn out to be a useful useful resource level for the Christian neighborhood, particularly the younger era, to really feel happy with their historical past and attain nice issues by way of mental pursuits,” he instructed UCA Information.
Christians took to social media to congratulate Father Rozario on publishing the e book. “I’ll absolutely acquire and browse this e book,” mentioned Jarmen Torun Gomes.
Christianity in Bangladesh dates again to the early sixteenth century.
Father Fernandez grew to become the primary martyr of Bengal following his incarceration, torture, blinding and homicide
In 1517, Portuguese Catholic retailers arrived on the port of Chittagong in southeastern Bangladesh. The primary group left after conducting enterprise, however a second group that arrived in 1518 determined to remain in Chittagong and close by Diang, organising the primary Christian settlements in East Bengal (now Bangladesh)
Portuguese Jesuit monks Father Francesco Fernandez and Father Dominic D’Souza arrived in Chittagong in 1598 as the primary Catholic missionaries, and shortly different missionaries together with Dominicans and Augustinians adopted them.
In 1602, Father Fernandez grew to become the primary martyr of Bengal following his incarceration, torture, blinding and homicide by the hands of troopers of the Arakan Kingdom (now Rakhine state of Myanmar).
Christians, largely Catholics, account for lower than half a % of greater than 160 million folks within the Muslim-majority nation. About 400,000 Catholics are unfold throughout its eight dioceses.