Pakistan: Girls’ Education under Threat Post-Covid
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Pakistan: Girls’ Education under Threat Post-Covid

f girls’ education makes societies stronger, more peaceful and prosperous, then the chances of Asia achieving those goals have become more distant with the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, girls’ enrollments in school had seen significant improvements in Asia. But with the pandemic, those gains have been wiped out. UNESCO estimates that about 24…

Pakistan: Start Beatification Process Akash Bashir
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Pakistan: Start Beatification Process Akash Bashir

Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore on March 15 accepted the nomination for the beatification of Akash Bashir, the first Servant of God in Pakistan. The 20-year-old was killed while preventing a suicide bomber from entering a crowded St. John’s Catholic Church in 2015. The canonical ceremony was followed by a memorial Mass for the seventh…

Pakistan: 11th Anniversary of Assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti
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Pakistan: 11th Anniversary of Assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti

Shahbaz Bhatti’s “Remembrance Day” is a reminder how to mend our wounds to reclaim Christian faith. My walk in recent years as an advocate of human rights and religious freedom has taught me the power of diversity, acceptance, and patriotism. It can be an uplifting experience to learn you are walking the unfinished walk of…

Pakistan: Activists Flag Bias in School Curriculum
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Pakistan: Activists Flag Bias in School Curriculum

Activists and educationists including Catholics have criticized the revised Single National Curriculum (SNC) of Pakistan for its loaded Islamic religious content.  Speakers at a Feb. 9 seminar on “how the school curriculum is evolving” said the government ignored most changes experts suggested for the textbooks. “The curriculum for the subject of History does not acknowledge…

Pakistan: Veteran Mill Hill Missionary Preparing to Bow Out
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Pakistan: Veteran Mill Hill Missionary Preparing to Bow Out

The harvest is brought in. I was ordained a priest 56 years ago in Bolzano. After ordination I was sent on mission to Pakistan. The journey alone took two weeks – in contrast to air travel today: only one day. The arrival in the diocese was a culture shock: first the language, the poverty of…

Pakistan: First Catholic on Path to Sainthood a Youngster
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Pakistan: First Catholic on Path to Sainthood a Youngster

The first Catholic to be set on the path to sainthood in Islamic Pakistan is a young Catholic who daringly sacrificed his life at the prime age of 20. It shows a pattern that Pope Francis follows: provide newer models of faith from wider societies for Catholics of this age, and in their own cultures….

Pakistan: Musical Harmony Meets Communal Harmony
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Pakistan: Musical Harmony Meets Communal Harmony

About 400 people attended an interfaith Christmas concert at Al Qalm Girls High School in Chak (village) 11 4L, home to 350 Christian families, in Okara district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. They were entertained by liberal rock band Laal, which has been performing Christmas concerts in parishes and schools free of charge for the past…

Sindh, Pakistan: Empowering Women
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Sindh, Pakistan: Empowering Women

The Parkari Tribal Women of St. Joseph Parish, Matli The status of women in Pakistan varies depending on class or religion, with patriarchal and cultural customs greatly impacting on their status. In the tribal community women are regarded as second-class citizens: they are offered little say in the community’s decision-making process; most are deprived of…

Pakistan: Bishops Condemn Mob Killing
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Pakistan: Bishops Condemn Mob Killing

Bishop Samson Shukardin of Hyderabad, chairperson of the NCJP, Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad/Rawalpindi, president of the PCBC, and Father Emmanual Yousaf ‘Mani’, national director of NCJP, also issued a joint statement. They said: “We condemn the killing of the Sri Lankan citizen in Sialkot in a mob attack after he was accused of blasphemy….

Pakistan’s ultimate periphery: ‘Christians Poorest of the Poor’ – Bishop Shukardin
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Pakistan’s ultimate periphery: ‘Christians Poorest of the Poor’ – Bishop Shukardin

Christians in Pakistan are “the poorest of the poor,” a bishop said, and many do not see any hope for their future in a country where discrimination is rife and Islamic hostility has been growing. Bishop Samson Shukardin of Hyderabad, spoke about the situation in his country during a visit to the pontifical charity Aid…