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Pakistani Dominican Priest Says The Church In Pakistan Is A Suffering Church

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By Aftab Alexander Mughal

On Sept. 5, 2010, the Elective General Chapter (Assembly) of the Dominicans (a Catholic religious congregation) in Rome elected Fr. Bruno Cadore OP (from France is of Central American origin) our new Master General of the Dominicans for next 9 years. The supreme leadership of the Dominican Fathers and Brothers as (friars) gathered from 102 countries. Fr. James Channan OP, Prior Vice-Provincial, Ibn-e-Mariam, Vice Province of Pakistan, represented the Dominicans friars of Pakistan. He writes to Minorities Concern of Pakistan,” It is great experience to be part of such a gathering.”
During the assembly, he was interviewed which was published at Dominicans’ website. Following are the experts of his interview: “Pakistan is a country with 180 million people, of whom 96% are Muslim, and 2% Christians. Our Dominicans are serving the Church and the people of God in Pakistan through different apostolates.”
Fr. James Channan further said, “The Church in Pakistan is a suffering Church, and attacks against Christians have increased recently. Our churches, schools, hospitals and schools have been attacked and over 300 houses of Christians in Shanti Nagar, Korian Wala, Sangla Hill and Gojra etc. have been burnt by the fanatics. This is our situation: dangerous and uncertain. However, we are people of hope, and we hope that one day we will overcome. In spite of all these sufferings the Christians of Pakistan have very strong faith.”

Aftab Alexander Mughal

Minorities Concern of Pakistan

Sept. 8, 2010

Aftab Alexander Mughal is a Pakistani journalist and a human rights activist. He is the editor of Minorities Concern of Pakistan, an e-magazine, while he also heads the Asia desk of Spero News .

For 14 years, he served the “Minority Rights Commission of Pakistan” and “Justice and Peace Commission of Pakistan” as National Director for Research and Publications and an Executive Secretary. From 1985 to 1992, he worked as Youth Director of Catholic Diocese of Multan, Pakistan.

Born in 1956 in Muzaffargarh, Southern Punjab of Pakistan, Mughal has worked with many national and international civil society organizations. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science. He has widely travelled and represented Pakistan at regional and international conferences.

He has been awarded the “International Award for Excellence in Journalism 2010” by the Union of Catholic International Press (UCIP) whose international office is in Geneva, Switzerland. The award was made at the World Congress, which was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 12 -19, 2010. This is Mughal’s second award from UCIP. His first one being the “Media in Your Country Award” which he received on the October 20, 1989 in Ruhpolding Germany.

Mughal started his career as a journalist in 1979 and edited the monthly magazines “Nishan-e-Rah” and “Mashal.” until 1985. Since then he worked as a freelance journalist. His main area of interest is human rights, peace and religious freedom in Pakistan.

He also has been contributing to national and international magazines, newspapers and various news agencies and has several books to his credit on minority rights issues including, “Death or Exile” and “From the Ashes of Shantinagar.” Moreover, he is also a co-author of “Section 295 C, Pakistan Penal Code – Study of the History, Effects and Cases under Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan.”

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