Catholic Church leaders in Bangladesh met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on November 12.
Present during the meeting were Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, papal nuncio Archbishop George Kocherry, Archbishop Bejoy D'Cruze of Dhaka, and Auxiliary Bishop Shorot Francis Gomes.
Prime Minister Hasina assured the church leaders that she has been working for the betterment of the poor by giving priority to projects for the most disadvantaged in society.
"What I am doing now is a reflection of the ideals of the Father of the Nation," said the prime minister during the meeting.
A government spokesman said Sheikh Hasina has been rehabilitating lepers by providing shelter to them.
"She was rehabilitating the Vedas and the hijra community who were neglected in the society," said the spokesman.
"The prime minister called upon the affluent sections of society to stand by the neglected and disadvantaged people."
The prime minister's spokesman said the church leaders "highly appreciated" the leadership of Sheik Hasina in the fight against the new coronavirus diseases.
"They told the prime minister that the Christian community would always be staying by his side in any situation of the country," said Cardinal D'Rozario in a statement.
The cardinal said Pope Francis appreciated the generosity of the prime minister in giving shelter to Rohingya refugees. - Nikhil Gomez / RVA News