Pope arrives today, awaits warm reception

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PV Desk : Bangladesh is all set to greet Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, with ceremonial fanfare and honours accorded to a head of state.

The 80-year old pontiff will be the first pope to set foot here in 30 years with Pope John Paul II being the last one to pay a visit in 1986.

Francis, who is now in Myanmar, will fly to Dhaka on Thursday and land at the Shahjalal International Airport at 3pm to begin his three-day official visit.

President Md Abdul Hamid will welcome the 266th and current pope. A guard of honour along with a 21-gun salute will be given to the pope.