The leader of the world Catholics community Pope Francis started his three- day state visit here yesterday by paying his rich tribute to the memories of martyrs of the great liberation war and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
After receiving the red carpet reception at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, the pope went to the National Memorial in Savar at 4 pm.
Pope placed a wreath at the National Memorial and stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation of 1971.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force presented state salute on the occasion when bugles played the last post. Later, Pope Francis planted a sapling of Nageshwary plant and signed the visitor's book.
Earlier, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain and Law Minister Anisul Huq received Pope Francis at the National Memorial.
From Savar, the top priest went to Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 in the capital to pay his tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Pope Francis paid rich tribute to the founder of Bangladesh by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu. He also signed the visitor book at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.
Sheikh Rehana, youngest daughter of Bangabandhu, and her son Radwan Mujib Siddiq received Pope Francis during the visit and briefed him about the history of the museum.