Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, Archbishop of Dhaka, the most senior Catholic leader in Bangladesh, was in London in May, where he met with various Bishops, including Bishops Paul McAleenan, who leads the Migration subcommittee, and Declan Lang, chair of the International Affairs Department of the Bishops’ Conference.
Cardinal D’Rozario met members of the Bangladeshi Catholic Community at St Anthony’s Church in Forest Gate, where he celebrated Mass and baptised several infants.
The Cardinal leads 360,000 Catholics in Bangladesh, who constitute 0.2% of the population of 160 million. Although small in number, the Church is vibrant and thriving despite its minority status in a majority Muslim country. So much so, Pope Francis recognised the fact by appointing Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario the country's first Catholic Cardinal in November 2016.
During his visit, Cardinal D’Rozario was given a tour of Westminster Cathedral by one of the members of the Guild of St John Southworth.