Posts Tagged ‘Pakistan’

Girls – Forced conversions and marriages spike in Pakistan Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019
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Sixteen-year-old Suneeta and her 12-year-old sister were walking home in March when they were kidnapped. The men who took them forced the girls to convert to Islam. “We were walking back to our house after working on the farm when men in a car came out of nowhere and dragged us in with them,” said Read more

The Australian priest helping trapped refugees the world ignores Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019
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Father Mick Kelly, the Sydney-born priest and journalist who works with and helps about 400 Pakistani refugee families in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by James Massola) Mick Kelly remembers the phone call from his friend in Pakistan as if it was yesterday. “He asked me to help out this one guy who was fleeing Pakistan, and on Read more

Asia Bibi acquitted from death sentence Comments 0

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman condemned to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, has had her conviction overturned by the Supreme Court in Pakistan. She has now been released from jail. Observers who’ve watched the Bibi’s story unfold over the past eight years say the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision to acquit the mother of five of Read more

Cardinal-elect influenced by Francis of Assisi Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

A Cardinal-elect, Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, says a movie about St Francis of Assisi led him to become a priest. Coutts, who is a doctor of philosophy, is the second Pakistani to become a cardinal. The late Joseph Cordeiro was made a cardinal in 1973. Coutts is known for his services for interfaith relations, Read more

Man beaten to death for being Catholic Comments 0

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

A Pakistani Catholic was beaten to death by hospital staff after he objected to his pregnant sister being slapped. The attack has been condemned by the country’s church leaders. Suneel Saleem, 34, was critically injured when about 20 security guards and 14 doctors punched and attacked him and other family members with batons, chairs and belts. Read more

Suicide bombers attack congregation at Pakistani church Comments 0

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Suicide bombers attacked a Christian church in Quetta, Pakistan on Sunday. The Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, which was targeted in the attack, was on high alert as Christian places of worship are often targeted by Islamist extremists over the Christmas season. Over 400 people were attending a service at the time of the attack. Nine Read more

The inspiring life of Ruth Pfau, leprosy doctor Comments 0

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

When it comes to Christians, news from Pakistan in recent years has seldom been good. An increasingly beleaguered minority in an Islamic republic, they have become targets of harassment and violent attacks, often motivated by tensions and conflicts between Islamists and the West on the world stage. This week, however, brings a notable exception. On Read more

Pakistan’s Mother Teresa to have a state funeral Comments 0

Monday, August 14th, 2017

The government of Pakistan will hold a state funeral on 19 August for “Pakistan’s Mother Teresa” – a German nun who devoted her life to eradicating Hansen’s disease (leprosy). Sister Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, who was a member of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary died last week at the age of 87. Pakistani Read more

God’s special plans for Pakistani Christians Comments 0

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Pakistani Christians have suffered much persecution from the Islamic State. However the Archbishop of Lahore, Sebastian Shaw, says Pakistani Christians are realizing that God gave them a special calling to be his witnesses and work for the human rights and dignity of all in their country. Read more Related Posts:Indian Christians fear violenceWestern Christians need Read more

Vatican says no plans yet for papal trip to Pakistan Comments 0

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The Vatican denied media reports last week that Pope Francis had accepted an invitation to visit Pakistan later this year. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said told the Catholic Register that there is “currently no travel program to Pakistan being studied.” Pakistani Shipping Minister Kamran Michael and Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf told reporters Read more