Asia Region News | News

Pakistan: Religious Minorities Subject to Worrying Developments

Our religion obliges us to kill the blasphemer. People would not have taken the law into their own hands had the courts hanged Asia maloona [accursed],” she replied with a cold stare, referring to Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman acquitted of blasphemy in 2018 after spending eight years on death row. I felt as if I was…

Pakistan: National Minorities Day Convention Raises it Voice
Asia Region News | News

Pakistan: National Minorities Day Convention Raises it Voice

“I assure you we all have a very strong feeling about it and even shared it at the very first introductory meeting. A strong commission backed by financial support can help future members deliver. With the support of civil society organizations, we can make it more active.” David was speaking on Aug. 11 via video…

Asia Region News | News

Pakistan: Radio Veritas Urdu Launches First News Service

The Church in Pakistan has redesigned an old radio service to launch a news program — the first of its kind in Pakistan.The yellow logo of Radio Veritas Asia (RVA) Urdu Service greeted YouTube subscribers with breaking news sound effects.“Respected audience, accept our sincere greetings. This is an important day in the history of RVA Urdu Service….

Meet an Irish Missionary in Sindh, Pakistan
Asia Region News | Irish Region News | News

Meet an Irish Missionary in Sindh, Pakistan

The hour-long call will include prayer, a short introduction and a question and answer session. The Columbans hope this will be a real encounter, not just an event to watch, so numbers will be limited. Fr Liam was born in Ireland and now lives in Hyderabad, located in the Sindh province of Pakistan. He is…

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

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…

Pakistan: A Striking Example of Interreligious Experience
Asia Region News | News

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…

Pakistan: Caritas Helping Farmers to Adapt to the Coronavirus Pandemic
Asia Region News | News

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….

Pakistan: Digital Church Opportunities and Challenges
Asia Region News | News

Pakistan: Digital Church Opportunities and Challenges

We were among 160 viewers watching the Easter Eve service streamed live on the Facebook page of Catholic TV, which is owned by Lahore Archdiocese. Archbishop Sebastian Shaw and a dozen worshipers, most of them nuns, lit the Easter candle in a hauntingly empty compound of Sacred Heart Cathedral. “It’s a different kind of happiness….

Sindh, Pakistan – A Celebration of Life
Asia Region News | Featured | News

Sindh, Pakistan – A Celebration of Life

In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic movement control, nine Mill Hill members in Sindh Pakistan were able to gather at Bishop’s House to celebrate the triple celebration of life. It was a time of thanksgiving and joy in the midst of the pandemic declared by WHO. The triple celebration of life consisted of the Feast…

Pakistan: Sindh Province Badly Hit by Coronavirus
Asia Region News | News

Pakistan: Sindh Province Badly Hit by Coronavirus

Officials in Pakistan’s Sindh province have reached out to minority leaders in a bid to combat the coronavirus that has badly hit the country’s southern region. The move came as Pakistan saw its biggest daily spike of Covid-19 cases on March 16. According to federal and provincial health officials, the number of coronavirus cases jumped from 33…

Pakistan – Mill Hill Missionaries from South and North Meet in Rawalpindi
Asia Region News | Featured | News

Pakistan – Mill Hill Missionaries from South and North Meet in Rawalpindi

Pakistan, Mill Hill Joint Gathering:  ‘That They May Have Life In Abundance’. Rawalpindi, 2nd-5th March 2020 A great moment came when the members of Pakistan mission came together to reflect, share and pray  for each other, for mission and in a special way for the Mill Hill General Chapter which is to be held in…

Pakistan: Research Reveals Important Differences in Level of Inclusion Between Religious Minorities
Asia Region News | News

Pakistan: Research Reveals Important Differences in Level of Inclusion Between Religious Minorities

The Center for Law and Justice, a Lahore-based NGO that that works for the environment and social justice, released “The Index of Religious Diversity and Inclusion in Pakistan” on Feb. 28 at Forman Christian College in Lahore. The research was based on interviews with 100 respondents from non-Muslim communities. Asif Aqeel, the Christian author of the report,…