Pope Francis arrives in Bangladesh amid tight security

Prime News, International, Dhaka, November 30:-  Pope Francis has arrived in Bangladesh for the second leg of his six-day trip to Asia amid tight airport security.

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and a delegation of political and religious authorities were on the tarmac to meet him together with a group of children who welcomed him with flowers, singing and dancing.

After the welcome ceremony the Pope visited the National Martyr’s Memorial and Bangabadhu Memorial Museum.

Huge banners with pictures of the Pope and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have been put up around the city and St Mary’s Cathedral is decorated with lights in preparation for his three-day trip to the Muslim majority nation starting Thursday.

A Christian priest went missing in northern Bangladesh on Tuesday, and his family reported they got calls demanding money. Police say they are looking for the man but would not confirm if it was a kidnapping.

Francis arrived from Myanmar, where he refrained from speaking out about the Rohingya Muslim crisis out of diplomatic deference to his hosts, who consider the Rohingya as having illegally migrated from Bangladesh.
In his message to the President of Myanmar prior to his departure, Pope Francis expressed his appreciation for the welcome he received by the institutions and thanked “the beloved people of Myanmar for their warm embrace.”
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)


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