Vatican City, Nov 19, 2016 / 19:36 pm
After becoming the first prelate from Bangladesh to ever get a red hat, newly-elevated Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario said his country is waiting for the Pope's visit in 2017, which will not only rejuvenate the Church, but will help strengthen interfaith ties.
Pope Francis' visit to Bangladesh will be "a great event for the whole Church in the country, especially for interreligious harmony, the rights of government workers and for climate change," Cardinal D'Rozario told journalists Nov. 19, after being elevated as cardinal earlier that day.
"He's a kind of 'spiritual guru,' the Holy Father," the cardinal said, predicting the visit will "boost-up the spirituality, the communion of all the people."
When asked when the Pope's Bangladesh visit will take place, the new cardinal joked "I'm going to take him there right now!" Turning practical, he said that due to the country's hot season and monsoon season, the trip will likely take place in the second half of 2017 at the end of the year.