Pakistan: Poverty Reduction Hits a Pause
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Pakistan: Poverty Reduction Hits a Pause

Pakistan has made remarkable progress in lifting its people out of poverty in the last 30 years. But COVID-19 has dealt a severe blow to its economy and reversed all the gains it had made in its poverty eradication efforts. An estimated 10 million more people are expected to fall into extreme poverty from the…

Challenges Facing the Church in Pakistan
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Challenges Facing the Church in Pakistan

“We are living in a time marked by loneliness during this pandemic period. But we believe that God never abandons his people and he is with us,” said Archbishop Evarist Pinto, archbishop emeritus of Karachi. Just when it seemed like everything was bad news, Pope Francis surprised us all with a New Year gift of…

Funeral and Burial of Fr. Nico Schipper MHM
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Funeral and Burial of Fr. Nico Schipper MHM

After 29 years of loving service to the people of Pakistan, especially in Hyderabad Diocese, it was a moving experience to pay the last respect to Fr. Nico Schipper mhm who was laid to rest on 14th Dec 2020. The mass presided over by Bishop Samson Shukardin of the Catholic Diocese of Hyderabad at St….

Live Stream Funeral Mass Nico Schipper MHM
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Live Stream Funeral Mass Nico Schipper MHM

Monday December 14 at 1:00pm (8:00am UK) Tune in to watch live Holy Mass and Funeral Rites of Fr. Nico Schipper, MHMFr. Nico is a Mill Hill Missionary working in the Diocese of Hyderabad, Pakistan. Born on 6 October 1958 in the Netherlands. Fr. Nico was ordained to the Priesthood on 6 July 1991 and…

Father Nico Schipper MHM has died
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Father Nico Schipper MHM has died

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the afternoon of 11th December at Esra University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan, at the age 62 of Father Nico Schipper Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Nico was born on the 6th of October, 1958 in the town of Kraggenburg N.O.P. in…

Karachi, Pakistan: Life in a Violent City
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Karachi, Pakistan: Life in a Violent City

“A massacre takes place in this city every day. A bomb explodes. A dismembered hand is thrown into someone’s garden, as a forewarning. Nobody feels safe anymore … At least four very different wars are being conducted – between Sunnites and Shiites, between drug cartels, between political parties, as well as between ordinary criminals and…

Pakistan: December 10 ‘Black Day for Human Rights’
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Pakistan: December 10 ‘Black Day for Human Rights’

Islamabad (Agenzia Fides) – The International Day of Human Rights, which is celebrated in the world on December 10, will be “Black Day for Human Rights” across Pakistan to protest against the increasing number of violence and violations of the inalienable rights of Christians and other religious minorities as well as vulnerable and defenseless people…

Pakistan: Shahbaz Bhatti – A Man with a dream
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Pakistan: Shahbaz Bhatti – A Man with a dream

The only Christian in Pakistan’s cabinet Shahbaz Bhatti predicted his own death. In a farewell statement recorded for broadcast in the event of his death, he spoke of threats from the Taliban and al-Qaida. On March 2, 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minorities’ minister, was shot dead. Clement Shahbaz Bhatti was a Pakistani politician and elected…

Sindh, Pakistan: Celebrating Feast of Light
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Sindh, Pakistan: Celebrating Feast of Light

Sr Anita Mansingh is a PBVM sister from the Cutchi Kohli tribe , Tando Allahyar, Sindh, Pakistan, Diocese of Hyderabad For me this experience of celebrating Joti Prub with my people was not less than a mystical experience. I found Jesus in those people who look very simple, without many words, but with their strong…

Pakistan: Kidnappings, Forced Conversions  Human Rughts Issue – Cardinal Coutts
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Pakistan: Kidnappings, Forced Conversions Human Rughts Issue – Cardinal Coutts

“We are citizens of Pakistan and the law is the same for every citizen of Pakistan; it is the State’s responsibility to ensure justice for its citizens,” said Cardinal Joseph Coutts of Pakistan. “The issue of kidnapping, forced conversions and forced marriages should be dealt with on the basis of fundamental human rights, rather than…

Red Wednesday: Asylum Appeal for Pakistani Girl
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Red Wednesday: Asylum Appeal for Pakistani Girl

A 14-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan in hiding from the man trying to hunt her down is to release a video statement describing how she and her family are “constantly receiving death threats”. Maira Shahbaz will describe how Mohamad Nakash Tariq “tortured” her by gang-raping and blackmailing her as part of an ordeal in which…

Pakistan: Caste Stigma Runs Deep
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Pakistan: Caste Stigma Runs Deep

Although Islam does not adhere to a rigid caste system yet there exists a division of upper and lower castes. Those who claim to belong to the clan of the Prophet Muhammad like the Qureishis or the Sayyids are considered to be upper class. Indeed, Indian Muslims have their own special caste system inherited from…