26 July 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato


    » 03/31/2010, 00.00

    PAKISTAN

    Easter in Pakistan where an "unshakable" faith is stronger than fear

    Fareed Khan

    Fr Nadeem John Shaker stresses Christians’ deep devotion and their willingness to run any risk in order to take part in church services. For the clergyman, the faithful must be responsible for their own security. He appeals to the West to pray for them and highlight the persecution they have to endure.
    Islamabad (AsiaNews) – Pakistani Catholics are starting Holy Week and Easter celebrations with deep devotion, willing to run any risk to take part in church services, Fr Nadeem John Shakir told AsiaNews. Even if this is the case, for the executive secretary of the Commission for Social Communications of the Pakistani Bishops' Conference, the faithful are living in an atmosphere of fear.

    Christians might have to make do with a silent Easter as they did last December for Christmas. On that occasion, churches kept a low profile; outside, there were no lights or decorations to mark the season out of fearing for attacks from Muslim extremists. For Fr Nadeem, this time too is one of silence. So far, there has been no incident or attack, but dangers remain.

    Lent was a time of fear and no one was safe, Fr Nadeem said; however, the faithful should attend Holy Week services in great numbers because their faith is "unshakable". Security must be guaranteed, but the deployment of government forces is not enough. Christians must take on that responsibility first hand.

    As religious extremism grows in Pakistan, non-Muslims are increasingly victims of discrimination and persecution. This is compounded by a global crisis made worse by bombings, power shortages, rising prices and unemployment. Such problems are encouraging extremists to fight the central government. People feel insecure even in their homes.

    Despite the dangers and uncertainty, Fr Nadeem wants to send a message of hope to Christians who are preparing to celebrate Easter. Even media like television are going to cover events. Although people are scared and worried, they will not let fear defeat them.

    Lastly, Fr Nadeem made an appeal to the media and to Western Christians, asking them "to pray for Pakistani Christians", to talk about their situation because their voice and media support are vital for their survival.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    22/03/2010 PAKISTAN
    Pakistani Christian couple refuses to convert: husband is burnt alive, wife raped by police
    Both husband and wife worked for a wealthy Muslim businessman in Rawalpindi. Their three children, ranging from 7 and 12, were forced to watch their parents brutalised. The man has suffered 80 per cent burns, and hospital doctors do not think he will survive. Christian organisations stage protests.

    09/04/2005 PAKISTAN
    Alleged Easter attackers arrested in Lahore


    12/10/2004 PAKISTAN
    Violence against the mentally disabled accused of blasphemy

    Christian physicians and lawyers say that Islam is being used to discriminate against disabled people.



    23/06/2011 PAKISTAN
    Doubts and surprise among Christians over the first arrest in the Shahbaz Bhatti murder case
    After a long period of silence, it is “odd” that the one person who is arrested is an employee of the slain minister who worked for him for ten years, the bishop of Islamabad noted. A Catholic activist finds the direction of the investigation “surprising” and full of oddities. The job of the minister’s brother Paul is at risk, but for the latter it is “premature” to say anything about the probe, urging everyone to wait for the end of the interrogations.

    10/12/2004 PAKISTAN – HUMAN RIGHTS
    Religious minorities, persecuted and marginalised

    Non-Muslims are marginalised from the country's political and social life despite guarantees for equal rights and obligations under the 1947 constitution.





    Editor's choices

    ASIA – WYD
    Card Gracias: young Asians bring Asian values to World Youth Day in Krakow

    Nirmala Carvalho

    "Our Asian pilgrims not only bring the grandeur, the vitality and beauty of Asia, but also the multi-cultural diversity, pluralism as well as Asian values of hospitality and family and, of course, the Church of the young.” Asia youth come to discover Krakow and the charisma of John Paul II, founder of the WYD.


    SYRIA
    Horror in Aleppo: "moderate" rebel group beheads Palestinian child



    The Nour al-Din al-Zenki movement beheads 11-year old Abdallah Issa shouting "Allah Akbar". The child was executed for collaborating with government forces. Before he died he was tortured. The group’s leaders try to back away from the barbaric killing. The group is supported by Turkey, the US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®