Caritas Bangladesh urged to continue ‘Good Samaritan’ role

Caritas Bangladesh has been urged to continue its vital role in the integral development of the marginalised communities in the Muslim-majority South Asian nation as it closed its year-long golden jubilee celebrations.

Nov 25, 2022

Young girls perform a traditional dance during the closing ceremony of Caritas Bangladesh’s golden jubilee celebrations in the capital Dhaka on Nov 12, 2022. (UCA News Photo/Stephan Uttom)


By Rock Ronald Rozario
Caritas Bangladesh has been urged to continue its vital role in the integral development of the marginalised communities in the Muslim-majority South Asian nation as it closed its year-long golden jubilee celebrations.

“The role of Caritas is precisely that of a Good Samaritan, who sees the needs of others and selflessly takes interest in them, and compassionately assists them,” said Msgr Marinko Antolovic, charge de affairs of the Vatican’s embassy in Bangladesh.

“Caritas uplifts the lives of ordinary people — people affected by disasters, people in distress, and people suffering, and it brings hope into their lives,” he said.

Msgr Antolovic was speaking during the national-level closing programme of the jubilee celebrations in the capital Dhaka on November 12. The event was themed Caritas Bangladesh: 50 Years Journey of Love and Service.

He said that Pope Francis had sent special greetings as he was “interested in the services of Caritas Bangladesh.”

“He was particularly moved by Caritas’ vital role in welcoming, protecting, and assisting Rohingya refugees since the very beginning of the tragic events back in 2017,” he said, adding that the Holy Father wishes that Caritas continue the good work with even more zeal, solidarity, and charity.

“He encourages you to be self-giving, open for others and to constantly be at the service of people living on the margins of society.”

About 2,000 people joined the closing celebrations. Among them were Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzak, State Minister for Social Welfare Ashraf Ai Khan Khosru, Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, Caritas Asia President Benedict Alo D’Rozario, and representatives from donor agencies, including Caritas France, CAFOD and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Daylong programmes featured a colourful parade, the releasing of balloons and pigeons, exhibition stalls by Caritas regional offices and trusts, the handing out of Caritas awards, a video documentary on Caritas activities, the presentation of research reports and a cultural show.

Razzak, the chief guest, commended Caritas for its role in socio-economic development since Bangladesh gained independence in 1971.

“When Bangladesh emerged, many experts predicted that it would not be able to survive as an independent nation because of endemic poverty and would always depend on foreign aid. Bangladesh was called a ‘bottomless basket case.’ But we have proved them all wrong,” the minister said.

“Today, we have reduced poverty to 20 percent from 56 per cent and our dependency on foreign aid has dropped from 20 percent to only two per cent today. Besides the government, development agencies like Caritas have played an amazing role,” he added. --ucanews.com

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Myanmar should repatriate Rohingya. Because they are citizens of Myanmar .Therefore, requests from various international circles to take them back to their country.
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Despite being nationals of Myanmar, Rohingya have spent years living as refugees in Bangladesh. They were persecuted while in Myanmar, which is the main cause of this. They were victims of crimes against humanity. Returning them to their home nation is necessary to protect their rights.