Pictures: Catholic Churches across Pakistan

The Catholic Church in Pakistan is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the pope in Rome. Pope John Paul II visited Pakistan on 16 February 1981.

There are over one million Catholics in Pakistan, which represents less than 1% of the total population. There are 7 ecclesiastical units in Pakistan comprising 2 archdioceses, 4 dioceses, and one Apostolic Vicariate, all Latin Rite.

Joseph Cordeiro, Archbishop of Karachi, became the first (and thus far only) Pakistani Cardinal elevated to the position by Pope Paul VI on 5 March 1973.

For the first time in the country’s history, Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic, became the federal minister for minorities in 2008. Bhatti was assassinated on March 2, 2011.

Here are some of the beautiful Catholic churches in Pakistan.

Sacred Heart Cathedral (Urdu: سیکرڈ ہارٹ کیتھڈرل‎) was consecrated by Bishop Fabian Eestermans, Bishop of Lahore on 19 November 1907.

Altar of the Cathedral

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Karachi
It was in April 1881 that the present cathedral was opened.

Cathedral of the Holy Redeemer Multan, Pakistan:
Cathedral of the Holy Redeemer is the main church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Multan, Pakistan. In 1939 this area (Multan) was detached from Lahore to become a separate diocese. It was consecrated in October 1940.

Beautiful aerial view of The Most Holy Redeemer Cathedral #Multan.

Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, Faisalabad
The foundation of the Cathedral was laid in 1965 and the building was consecrated in 1969.

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Hyderabad:
Affiliation: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hyderabad
Erected in 1958, the diocese was split off from the Archdiocese of Karachi. In 2001, territory was lost along with additional territory in the Archdiocese of Karachi to form the Apostolic Prefecture of Quetta. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Karachi.

Holy Rosary Cathedral, Quetta

St. Joseph’s Church, Sialkot:
Built in 1935, and it was blessed on 21-08-1935. it was mission station till 1956 of the St. James’ Catholic Church Sialkot Cantt.
Diocese: Archdiocese of Lahore

St. Mary’s Church, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Established in 1882.
Diocese: Rawalpindi/Islamabad

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mariakhel, Mianwali.
Founded: 1949
Diocese: Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Pakistan

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Gujranwala, Pakistan
Foundation: 1953
Diocese: Archdiocese of Lahore

St Francis Xavier Catholic Church Sargodha, Pakistan.
Foundation: 1910
Diocese: Roman Catholic Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi

St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish Karachi, Pakistan
Diocese: Archdiocese of Karachi

St. John’s Parish Youhanabad (Archdiocese of Lahore)
Foundation: 1963 by Fr. Henry

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Toba Tek Singh
Founded: December 8, 1973
Diocese: Catholic Diocese of Faisalabad

St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Bahawalpur:
St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Bahawalpur is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Multan in Pakistan. The church of St. Dominic was built in 1962.

Arooj-e-Mariam Renewal Center Youhanabad, Lahore.
Established by The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore on 8th May 1999. It was inaugurated by Apostolic Nuncio Alessandria D’ Errico and His Excellency Archbishop Armando Trinidad. It was architecture by Fr. Bernard Mangion (MSSP). It is a beautiful institute which is serving the Diocese in Community Leadership, Catechist training programmes, Arranged Retreats, Pastoral training programmes, Seminars, Meetings, Prayer sessions and many other activities.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Westridge, Rawalpindi:
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Westridge, Rawalpindi is one of the oldest Parishes in Pakistan. It was built in 1885. The B & W picture of the Church was take in 1906. This Parish is a part of Islamabad-Rawalpindi Diocese.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rawalpindi
Foundation: 1885
Diocese: Islamabad-Rawalpindi diocses

St. Francis Xavier Seminary, Lahore:
December 2, 1994 the new building was opened by Cardinal Jozef Tomko, special envoy of the Vatican to Pakistan.
It is an Institute of Philosophical studies serving the whole country. It offers a two-year program in Christian Philosophy. It is affiliated to the Pontifical Urban University of Rome.

Beautiful inside view of Presentation Convent Chapel in Murree, Cantt.
Photo: Asif Nazir/Catholics in Pakistan

Our Lady of Sorrow Catholic Church, Murree:
This Church is a part of Roman Catholic Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi. It was built in 1917.
(Photo: Asif Nazir/Catholics in Pakistan)

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Hafizabad.
This Church is a part of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore.
(Photo: Sajid Sarwar)

Loyola House Lahore.

St. Francis Catholic Church, Kot Lakhpat-Lahore

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Keamari-Karachi
Foundation: 1862

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Jamke Cheema-Sialkot

St. Teresa Catholic Church Mainwali-Mariakhel Parish.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Gulberg-Lahore

Sacred Heart Church, Sahiwal.
Foundation: January 1923

Capuchin Formation House, Lahore

St. Dominic Church Loudharan, a newly inaugurated Church by Bishop Benny Mario Travas at the Diocese of Multan on March 16, 2016.

Historic old Pro-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception built in 1861 near the famous Anarkali bazaar, outside the Old City Lahore.

St. Benedict Parish, Kunri (Photo Paul Bhutto)

Catholic Church, Ayubia

St. Francis Solanus Church, Nawabshah (Shaheed Benazirabad)

St. Pius X Minor Seminary Karachi

Chapel at St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, Lahore.

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