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

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

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