Pakistan: ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ – Cardinal Joseph Coutts
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Pakistan: ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ – Cardinal Joseph Coutts

Though Cardinal Joseph Coutts retired from his role as Archbishop of Karachi earlier this year, he continues being a strong voice in favor of the Pakistan’s minorities – both Christians and Hindus. But he’s also a man who loves his country, recognizing that in Pakistan one can find “the good, the bad, and the ugly,”…

Himalayan Ladakh: Bone of Contention
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Himalayan Ladakh: Bone of Contention

Ladakh, with much of its Himalayan terrain above 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) and sandwiched between Pakistan-occupied Gilgit Baltistan and China-occupied Aksai Chin, is the most dangerous flashpoint in Asia because two superpowers and their aggressive militaries are trying to nibble away at each other’s territory. Aksai Chin in northern Ladakh is a strategic place to…

Pakistan: Sorry Fate of Discriminated Sanitation Workers
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Pakistan: Sorry Fate of Discriminated Sanitation Workers

In a statement issued on Oct. 8, Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi expressed deep sorrow over the tragedy and condemned the loss of precious human lives. “Forcing Nadeem Masih and Faisal Masih to work without any protective measures was criminal negligence. Human life without any distinction of caste, creed and profession is precious and respectable….

Islamabad – Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Minority Employment Issues
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Islamabad – Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Minority Employment Issues

“We were formerly known as an English-speaking community. Every third Christian house has a liquor permit for both males and females. The Christian divorce rate has tripled. The literacy rate has dropped. Our community feels weaker, helpless, hopeless and humiliated. There is no healthy entertainment. The monster of frustration is slowly eating up our youth….

Pakistan: Thirsty Poor Attacked for Drinking Water
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Pakistan: Thirsty Poor Attacked for Drinking Water

In April, Caritas Pakistan Karachi under its “WASH Initiatives in Remote Areas of Pakistan” project restored the water supply of Ahsan Raza Goth village in Gadap of Malir district in Karachi. The village faced a perennial shortage of water for drinking and cooking as well as for agricultural purposes after the breakdown of a submersible solar pump —…

Pakistan: Need for Creative Pastoral Care of Refugees, Poor.
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Pakistan: Need for Creative Pastoral Care of Refugees, Poor.

These are challenging times in Pakistan. The Church is doing its best but pastoral support needs to be creative, sensitive and timely. They need to think out of the box. Pastoral and institutional support must not be limited to Christians or Catholics but must be expanded to non-Christians, especially the poor. With the influx of…

Pakistan: National Minorities Day Elicits Thought-Provoking Comments
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Pakistan: National Minorities Day Elicits Thought-Provoking Comments

The year was 1997. Bishop John Joseph, Pakistan’s first Punjabi bishop, led a rally of about 10,000 people on Aug. 11 to demand implementation of the historic speech of the nation’s founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah. “You are free, you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or any…

Pakistan: Fear of Bias in School Curriculum
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Pakistan: Fear of Bias in School Curriculum

According to a study by the Catholic bishops’ National Commission for Justice and Peace, the school and college curricula cultivate aggressive discrimination against non-Muslims, encourage blasphemy allegations and violence against minorities and liberals. The history textbook for Grade 8 clearly states: “They [Muslims] thought that education promoting Christianity might corrupt their beliefs. The Muslims had learned an…

Pakistan: Cricket in Service of Interfaith Harmony
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Pakistan: Cricket in Service of Interfaith Harmony

In 2014, Ahsen Rizvi played first-class cricket in Pakistani capital Islamabad. Since then he has been sidelined by Muslim guest players.  However, the 30-year-old Catholic made history by lifting the first Christian-centered Harmony Cricket League cup this week in neighboring Rawalpindi city. Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi gave medals and trophies to the players. “It’s…

Mirpur Khas, Sindh, Pakistan: Minor Seminary Construction
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Mirpur Khas, Sindh, Pakistan: Minor Seminary Construction

Hyderabad (Agenzia Fides) – “The minor Seminary is the backbone of a diocese. I think it is very important to have a minor Seminary in the diocese. In order to reach the goal of laying the first stone of the minor Seminary, priests and benefactors have given a great contribution and, after six years of…

Pakistan: Pastoral Care – The Case of Persons Acccused of Blasphemy
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Pakistan: Pastoral Care – The Case of Persons Acccused of Blasphemy

Cases involving blasphemy are unpredictable and uncertain. They create hopelessness for the victim, family and community. Along with legal aid, good pastoral care can help victims and families to cope in an uncertain situation. When any Christian person or family is accused of committing blasphemy against the religion of Islam, the shock affects them emotionally…