11/30/2018, 13.02
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A museum to remember the visit of Pope Francis to Bangladesh

by Sumon Corraya

The country has no Catholic museum. The first exhibit, which shows the objects used by the pope, will keep the memory of last year's pastoral journey alive.

Dhaka (AsiaNews) - The Catholic Church in Bangladesh wants to open a museum to commemorate the historic visit of Pope Francis to Dhaka, which took place exactly one year ago (30 November-2 December 2017).

"The museum will showcase the objects used by the pontiff during the visit, such as the chair, the rickshaw and the sacred texts,” said Fr Kamal Corraya, pastor at the church in Tejgaon who last year hosted the Pope's meeting with the local clergy.

Speaking to AsiaNews, the priest noted that the country has no Catholic museum. The one planned should be built in the Banani District (Dhaka), near the Holy Spirit seminary.

The site will preserve objects associate with the pastoral visit and keep alive the memory of the event, marked by important moments, such as the meeting with Rohingya refugees and the Sisters of Mother Teresa.

For Catholics, Francis pilgrimage to the sites of Bangladesh's history and its Catholic community is a “sweet memory”.

"I have always wanted to meet Pope Francis. My dream came true last year when I could take his hand in mine,” said Ms Puspo Rozario.

"Pope Francis spoke to us,” said Rakib Hasian, a young Muslim who was present at Notre Dame College for the meeting with young people. “He told us to listen more to our grandparents, instead of wasting our time with mobile phones."

For Joton Silvester Serao, who danced before the Pope, "it was a great honour. He really enjoyed our performance."

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