Poverty, natural disasters and the Church in Bangladesh
Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Catholic charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, Bishop Bejoy D’Cruze of Khulna said that natural disasters have plunged people deeper into poverty. Highlighting an increase in natural disasters, Bishop D’Cruze said, “I am always afraid of cyclones, hurricanes, and flooding.”
Bishop D’Cruze continued, “Houses are in a poor condition they are not very good at all all of a sudden they can be destroyed. The situation is getting worse because of the untimely floods and destruction of the environment.”
The Church is standing strong, though. Bishop D’Cruze went on to say that Christians in Bangladesh are fervent. “The faith of the people is strong, 60-80 per cent attend Sunday Mass,” even though Sunday is a working day in the country.