His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Coutts, Archbishop of Karachi highlighted that “The Pakistani Church is “a small but not silent Church; that does not have many resources and therefore must make choices. But one thing is certain: it must focus on the education of young people.” The Cardinal is set to take possession of his titular Church the parish of San Bonaventura da Bagnoregio, in the Roman district of Torre Spaccata.
As reported by Asianews.it, His Eminence Coutts remarked that “We are a visible Church, which undoubtedly has various problems and is subject to discrimination. We are a Church that witnesses Christ in a practical way and helps everyone. Because in a country with a Muslim majority, the only way to be Christian is to witness faith in everyday life: if we want salvation for us, we want it for everyone.” According to the Cardinal, Pope Francis “desires an ever more universal Church, which reaches the margins of society, arriving in the peripheries. Pakistan is a populous country with almost 200 million inhabitants. Here the Catholics are a small minority, about 1.5 million. But we are not hidden, we make our voices heard. Our role in the development of the country is much larger than small numbers “.
The Cardinal concluded his remarks by emphasizing on religious intolerance: “It has grown in recent years, the public debate is increasingly politicized and there are several extremist groups in the country. Those who try to change the situation, such as those who demand the abolition of the blasphemy law, are usually dismissed. But we will not give up.