Catholics in Pakistan
Archdiocese of Lahore

A glimmer of hope in the Archdiocese of Lahore on Monday, September 21, 2020

Lahore (Suzanna Joseph): Vicar General Fr. Francis Gulzar along with other religious dignitaries, traffic law enforcement officers, Capuchin friars, nuns and students warmly applauded the moment as Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw lighted a peace candle.

On Monday, September 21, 2020 other recreational activities like planting a sapling, singing songs of harmony and peace marked the International Peace Day at the archdiocese of Lahore.

Among other issues, the diocese called for responsible and swift actions on abiding traffic laws. Archbishop Shaw reiterated the importance of following traffic laws saying, “There are approximately 14 million deaths worldwide because of road accidents out of which 30,000 alone occur annually in Pakistan. Therefore, we are going to educate our students to abide by traffic laws at all times. Not only to avoid traffic fines, but for saving precious lives and eliminating road accidents.”

Fr. Francis Gulzar prayed, “Dear God, we are thankful that you bless us with life and shower blessings upon us throughout our lifetime. Today as we celebrate Peace day working together for the betterment of our country and we resist those who stand against us. We pray for the guidance of our religious and political leaders so they may serve your people well. Quoting Mother Teresa ‘Peace begins with a smile’ touch our lives and bless us, we ask this through Christ our Lord.”

Traffic law enforcement officer added to the event, saying “90 percent accidents occur because of human error, solely because once we are on the street, we undermine traffic rules and precautions. Out of every 100 road accident victims, 80 percent are youngster between the ages of 18-25. Urgently we must promote the education and implementation of traffic laws. We lose precious lives solely because of ignorance, ruining families forever. Being mindful of traffic rules can save others and us too. Do not just wear a helmet to save yourself from fine tickets, instead wear it for your own safety.”

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