Catholics in Bangladesh were reminded of the virtues of love and service during the observance of Caritas Day in the country on Sunday, March 27.
The gathering in the Diocese of Rajshahi carried the theme “Sow seeds of love and service for a peaceful world.”
“God created us to love people,” said Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi, adding that “true love” is when one cares and loves “those who are neglected.”
He also reminded the faithful to sacrifice, serve, and be “a people of justice.”
Father Emmanuel K. Rozario, chaplain of Caritas Rajshahi and vicar general of the diocese, noted on the same occasion that the country is celebrating its 51st year since the war of independence.
“War does not bring peace to life but destroys relationships and the environment,” said the priest.
“In the present reality we also see wars, conflicts. I, you, we, are all moving forward with this reality. Now the question is, will we face this reality as an audience or will we build a peaceful world by practicing love and service through being active and responsible people,” said Father Rozario.
He cited a farmer “who cultivates the land well before sowing the seeds.”
“In the same way, only through love and service can we build a loving family, society, and state. So, we have to become a people of love and through that love we have to fulfill our responsibilities and through that practice we can dream of building a peaceful world,” said Father Rozario.
During the celebration, several employees of Caritas were recognized for their years of service in the organization.
Caritas in the Rajshahi region was established in 1972 at Andharkota Catholic Mission in Paba Upazila. The organization now covers 1,920 villages in 30 Upazilas of six districts and has one regional office, 30 Upazilas, and 42 branch offices.