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Muslim mayor in Bangladesh wants Christian schools in his city

(June 26, 2013) In Bangladesh, the Muslim mayor of Rajshahi said he wants Christian schools in his city. The official request was made on Monday by Mossaddeque Hossain Bulbul, the newly elected mayor of the city to Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi diocese. He said “Catholics play an exemplary role in education; they have well known institutions around the country and are great centers for the formation of students."
Last week, the Diocese of Rajshahi organized a welcome ceremony in honour of the new mayor, in the presence of young Christians and government personalities. On that occasion, the bishop spoke of the situation in which Christians live in the area to Bulbul. He said although in Bangladesh there are 302 Catholic elementary schools, four Catholic universities and 50 Catholic high schools, in the Rajshahi there is not even one. Given this lack, Bulbul said: "With humility I ask the bishop to build in my town a school and a college that will be run by Catholics."
Mossaddeque Hossain Bulbul was the candidate of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party –BNP in municipal elections that took place on 16 June. Against all expectations, the BNP - nationalist opposition party in the government won in all the cities that voted.


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