Roman Catholicism in Bangladesh

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There are approximately 211,159 (Recorded in 2005) Catholics in Bangladesh and the country is made up of seven dioceses including one archdiocese. The Catholic Bishop's Conference of Bangladesh, founded in 1971, is the General Body of the Ordinaries of Bangladesh. The purpose of this Conference is to facilitate common policy and action in matters that affect or are liable to affect the interest of the Catholic Church in Bangladesh and to be of service to the country at large. Pope John Paul II visited Dhaka in November 1986.

Bangladesh is a predominantly Muslim country, but relations between the communities are generally quite good, but there are sporadic incidents of violence against Christians such as a bomb attack on a Catholic church in 2001.[1]

Roman Catholic dioceses in Bangladesh[edit]

Metropolitan Province of Dhaka[edit]


There are a total of 14 bishops in Bangladesh;[3] 20 more have died.[4] As head of the Archdiocese of Dhaka, Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario, CSC is the highest ranked bishop in the country.

The Apostolic Nuncio, or papal ambassador, normally a Titular Archbishop, heads the Apostolic Nunciature (the Vatican's embassy), to Bangladesh. Since his appointment by Pope Francis on 6 July 2013, Archbishop George Kocherry has been the Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh.


  1. ^ "Bangladesh church bomb kills nine". BBC News. 3 June 2001. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Catholic Church in People’s Republic of Bangladesh (Bangladesh)". Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bangladesh - Living Bishops". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bangladesh - Deceased Bishops". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 

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