Bangladesh: Christmas without Midnight Mass

Source: FSSPX News


On December 16, Father A. Jyoti Gomes, pastor of Holy Rosary parish in Dacca, announced that, for security reasons, there would be no Christmas Midnight Mass, but instead it would be held during Christmas Eve day. The pastor of the largest Catholic parish of Dacca apparently received a bomb threat. Following three suicide-attacks against the courts of Gazipur and Chittagong on November 29, and 459 bombs planted in the country on August 17, guards made everyone entering parish property go through metal-detectors.

According to the local press, the three suicide attacks were the work of Jama ‘atul Mujahadeen, an Islamic group outlawed in Bangladesh but implicated in the August 17 events. The papers also confirmed that religious minorities are the targets of the Islamic fanatics. Holy Rosary church is considered to be one of the three non-Muslim sites of Dacca susceptible to attack, along with the Hindu temple of Dhakeshwari and the Buddhist monastery of Kamalapur.