Bangladesh's largest Christian organization has launched yearlong activities to mark its 50th anniversary, with the country’s prominent Catholic Church leader inviting Christians to improve how they engage in politics to ensure the community's rights. The Bangladesh Christian Association (BCA) "was launched to demand and protect rights of minority Christians," said Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario during the anniversary event held in Dhaka on July 17. "Now, the signs of the time demand that Christians need active political engagement to serve the community and the nation better, and the BCA can pave the way," said the cardinal, Archbishop of Dhaka, during the event where he also inaugurated the BCA's jubilee programme. "Getting political should be based on Christian values and about breaking barriers that fuel division and conflicts which can harm the church and the community as whole," said the cardinal who is also president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB).
BCA president, Nirmol Rozario said the organization would continue to fight for the rights of Christians, who form a miniscule 0.5% of Bangladesh’s population of some 160 million, mostly Muslims. Most of the estimated 600,000 Christians are Catholics.
The BCA was founded in 1967 as the Christian Association of East Pakistan and was renamed after Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan in 1971. Currently, the BCA has 75 branches, six-affiliated organizations and about 10,000 registered members across the country. (Source: UCANEWS)