Prime Mini-ster Sheikh Hasi-na of Bangladesh hosted a Christ-mas celebration in the capital Dhaka, which was attend-ed by some 500 leaders of various Christian Chur-ches and commu-nities of the overwhelmingly Muslim nation.
Organized by the Bangladesh Christian Association (BCA), the pre-Christmas get-together was held at Gana Bhaban, the Prime Minister’s official residence.
During the Dec. 21 event, Hasina mentioned Pope Francis’s pastoral visit to Dhaka, on Nov. 30-Dec.2, and urged her guests to convey her gratitude to the leader of the world’s Catholics “for his call to the international community to stand beside Bangladesh on the Rohingya crisis.”
Among the important guests of the Prime Minister was Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, the Archbishop of Dhaka.
Cardinal D’Rozario told Vatican News that the Christmas gathering is hosted by the Prime Minister every year at Gana Bhaban and BCA takes the initiative of organizing the event which includes a high tea party. He said at gathering there were about 500 Christians from all denominations.