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…

Pakistan: Christianity in Decline?
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Pakistan: Christianity in Decline?

The title of this article may not please some in the Catholic Church hierarchy but that’s what Pakistan’s Bureau of Statistics claimed when it revealed the report of the sixth Population and Housing Census-2017 on May 18. Christians make up 1.27 percent of Pakistan’s population of 207.68 million. In 1998, the official estimate of the figure was…

Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Funeral Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM – Missionary with an Eye for the Most Abandoned
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Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Funeral Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM – Missionary with an Eye for the Most Abandoned

n 1987, the late Simeon Pereira of Islamabad-Rawalpindi permitted Father Rafferty to start the mission in the foothills of the Himalayas, especially through the Swat valley and the Karakoram mountains. The tribal areas of the north are predominantly inhabited by Pashtun who identify themselves with members of the same tribe across the border in Afghanistan. “He felt…

Pakistan: 10th Anniversary of Assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti
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Pakistan: 10th Anniversary of Assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti

Ten years ago today, I woke up and, as usual, switched on the radio and turned on my computer. Within seconds I received the news that I had long feared and expected, though hoped would never happen: the assassination of my friend Shahbaz Bhatti. For over five years from 2004 to 2009, I worked side…

Pakistan: Newly Appointed Archbishop of Karachi Prioritises Good Relations with other Faiths
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Pakistan: Newly Appointed Archbishop of Karachi Prioritises Good Relations with other Faiths

Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi told Crux that Travas’s appointment was “very good news” for the Church in Pakistan. “Bishop Benny is called a priest of Karachi, so he is very familiar with the situation of the Archdiocese of Karachi,” he explained. “Bishop Benny is young (54), energetic and will contribute to the growth of the archdiocese….

Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Cardinal Joseph Coutts Appointed Chairperson of Christian Research Centre
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Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Cardinal Joseph Coutts Appointed Chairperson of Christian Research Centre

Cardinal Joseph Coutts, the archbishop of Karachi, has been appointed as the chairperson of a key Christian research and study center. He is taking charge of the Christian Study Centre in Rawalpindi, said Father Nasir William, director of the Diocesan Commission for Rawalpindi and Islamabad. “It’s a big responsibility but since this prelate of the…