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Remote diocese rises to catechism challenge
Published Date: September 7, 2010

Bangladesh’s Rajshahi diocese has introduced catechism and prayer seminars for students living in remote non-Christian majority regions of the diocese.

The diocesan youth commission hosted an Aug. 1-3 program for 250 high school students, many of whom live up to 10 kilometers from the nearest parish and who are only able to attend Mass occasionally.

“The aim for this seminar was to grow interest among school-level students for the religion, Bible and Sacraments,” Father Shishir Gregory, secretary of the youth commission, told ucanews.com.

The predominantly indigenous diocese faces many challenges.

“My parish has seven remote villages and it’s often difficult for me and even for catechists to visit Catholics there,” said Father Julian Rozario, pastor of Gopalpur parish.

“Due to lack of proper care students often have no idea about catechism,” he added.

Students also lamented the difficulties.

“We live in remote villages far away from a parish and we can’t study catechism at non-Church schools,” said Pronoy Gari, 13, an indigenous Oraon Catholic.

“Our village is surrounded by non-Christians and we have no place to pray,” another student, Hriday Purification, agreed.

However, the students said they appreciated the catechism seminar.

“I’m grateful to the diocese for arranging this important program for us and I think it needs to be continued in the coming years too,” Pronoy Gari said.

Source: ucanews.com

 
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