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Pakistan: Evidence of Early Christian Presence

On 14th June 2020, the first evidence of Skardu having Christian predecessors was found on the highest mountain of Kavardo village. A three member expedition team from the University of Baltistan, Skardu, discovered a surprise cultural heritage, a huge ‘holy cross shaped rock’ consciously carved on marble. The Research & Expedition team under the leadership…

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Pakistan: Judges Afraid to Acquit Falsely Accused Christians

The threat from extremists means judges in Pakistan are too afraid to acquit Christians falsely accused of blasphemy, according to a human rights’ activist, speaking on the day yet another death sentence was handed out. Sajid Christopher Paul, President and Executive Director of Human Friends Organization (HFO), spoke to Catholic charity Aid to the Church…

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Pakistan: Farewell to Fr Francis Nadeem OFM Cap., a Builder of Bridges among People of Different Faiths

Lahore (Agenzia Fides) – “We have lost a wonderful priest and friar, who humbly served in his community, and also reached people of other faiths with the Christian message of peace and love. A priest who was known, appreciated and loved not only among Christians, but also among faithful of other religions”: is what Archbishop…

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Pakistan: A Striking Example of Interreligious Experience

Catholic priest Father Abid Habib followed Muslim funeral traditions after the death of his father. A cleric read aloud the Salatul Janazah (Islamic funeral prayer) as the former Capuchin superior joined his relatives in burying the coffin in the Muslim graveyard of Chak Hakeem Imam-ud-Din in Punjab province this month.Retired major Habib Ahmed, 96, was among the first recruits…

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Pakistan: Caritas Helping Farmers to Adapt to the Coronavirus Pandemic

“Our village facilitators in Islamabad-Rawalpindi Diocese are sensitizing small farmers through distribution of information, education and communication material on hand washing, symptoms and precautionary measures,” said Amir Irfan, the program’s national coordinator for livelihood and food security. “They are adopting hygiene measures, limiting social gatherings and spending most of the time at farms observing social distancing….