» 11/18/2015, 00.00
Dinajpur: attackers “wanted to kill” PIME missionary, but his life is not in danger
Three still unknown attackers seriously wounded Fr Piero Parolari. Police took into custody ten members of an Islamic fundamentalist party. Ruling and opposition parties blame each other. Source pins the incident on “the country’s disastrous political situation”. After the Tavella murder, the government had promised greater security.
PIME: attack against missionary blamed on politics rather than ISIS
Fr Piero Parolari is recovering in Dhaka’s military hospital. Although the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attempted murder on Twitter, Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh "does not believe" ISIS was behind it. In his view, the country’s political tensions have more to do with it. AsiaNews publishes a press release issued by PIME.
One of Fr. Piero Parolari's attackers confesses
Sariful Islam is a member of the Islamist group Jamaat-ul-Mujiahideen, banned by the local government. In addition to the ambush of the missionary of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, he also confessed the attack on a Hindu temple. Authorities meet Christian leaders and ensure maximum safety for the Christmas celebrations.
30/11/2015 ITALY – BANGLADESH
Fr Piero Parolari is back in Italy, out of danger, but in need of a lengthy treatment
Extremists attacked the missionary with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions on 18 November. Admitted this morning to Rome’s Bambin Gesù Hospital, he will required long-term care.
Bangladesh: Fr. Piero is fine but political tension remains high
The health of the Catholic missionary improves by the hour. But he is very weak from his injuries and antibiotics. Political climate increasingly volatile, with the hanging of two opponents. The Islamic group Jamaat-e-Islami calls for a general strike. The priests of Dinajpur still live under police protection. Catholic source: "We need a dialogue between the communities."
22/10/2015 BANGLADESH - CAMEROON
"Christ in the face of the disabled": the mission of Joseph, from Bangladesh to Cameroon
Joseph Mongol Aind is a PIME missionary brother. He comes from a family of Bangladeshi tribal Hindus. He studied at a Catholic school in Rajshahi, where he read the Bible and studied the catechism. "When I came home on the weekends, I would explain to my family that the Lord has sent his Son to earth to save His people." He worked for 10 years in Cameroon, helping people with mental and physical disabilities. The Christian community lives peacefully with Islam, indeed "we have many Muslim volunteers and everyone recognizes the value of our mission."
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