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18th November 2019

Pakistan: New Bishop – ‘Church Leadership too Distant from Communities’

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Bishop Joseph Indrias Rehmat, the new bishop of Faisalabad, says restoring the faith of his neglected community is key to his vision for the Punjabi diocese.“I feel the church leadership is too distant from a community which already faces religious discrimination on a daily basis,” he said. “The gates of my house are now open for all; the Church is our common home.”

The 53-year-old prelate was ordained bishop on Sept. 13 at De La-Salle High School in Faisalabad. Cardinal Joseph Coutts was the principal consecrator, while apostolic nuncio Archbishop Christophe Zakhia El-Kassis and Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi were his co-consecrators.

The episcopal motto chosen by the new bishop is “Faith in Action.”

Source: UCANews

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