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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
St. Pius X Minor Seminary Karachi
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