20,000 Bibles for Children of Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh, APRIL 16, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Some 20,000 Bibles written in Bengali will be given to children in the six Catholic dioceses of Bangladesh.

The Bibles are a gift from the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

The book, called “God Speaks to His Children” will be distributed to the faithful in the Archdiocese of Dhaka as well as in the dioceses of Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Chittagong, Khulna and Dinajpur.

Archbishop Paulinus Costa of Dhaka, writing to ACN, said: “We all think strongly that the children’s Bible will be a very effective means of imparting catechism to our children, catechumen and newly converted people.

“This Bible will also help us to teach through pictures.”

In Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries, some 300,000 Catholics living among 147 million people. Approximately 88% are Muslims, and 10% are Hindus.