Bishops of Bangladesh to Christian administrators: Spread gospel values in politics

December 18, 2016 by  
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Bangladesh, December 16, 2016: Spreading the Gospel values ​​in politics and work for the good of the citizens. With these objectives, the Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB) organized a seminar addressed to local Christians administrators.

Addressing the participants, Cardinal. Patrick D’Rozario said: “The presence of Christians in social life can be a symbol of love. They must promote policies for welfare. They must act in the name of peace and justice “.

The seminar was organized by the Episcopal Commission for the Laity and took place in recent days in Dhaka. It was attended by 58 political Christians, mostly Catholics, members of the Union Parishad, the smallest administrative unit of the country. Of a total of 4554 unions, the Christian members are less than 100. At a parliamentary level however, there is only one Christian representative.

The need for greater involvement of Christians in local politics has increased with the years. This is why the church hierarchy began to encourage the laity to work in politicsto ensure equal rights to all citizens and take care of the faithful of other religions testifying to Christ.

Chayon H. Rebeiro, secretary of the Commission, told AsiaNews: “The seminar aims to educate politicians to Christian values ​​and inspire them to spread the guidelines of the Catholic Church”.

In this regard, Card. D’Rozario said that “Christian legislators should not support laws that go against religion and morality”. “Many politicians – he added –  believe that the majority vote would establish what is true, even if a law is wrong. The Christian rulers should know the true values ​​and truth when they vote a law “.

Shipra Haru Mohanta, Catholic member of the union of Gopalgonj, comments: “With this training at a national level, the Church has wanted to recognize our importance, although we represent a tiny part of the government. For me the seminar was very inspiring. ”

– asianews

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