04/27/2006, 00.00
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Screening of first Catholic film "historic moment for country"

by Qaiser Felix

The project was realized thanks to the efforts of a diocesan priest of Karachi, who works with "Muslim brothers and sisters" towards the setting up of a Catholic television and radio station.

Karachi (AsiaNews) – The screening of the first Pakistani Catholic film "is a historical moment, not only for the Archdiocese of Karachi but for the whole of Pakistan; it is also a start of a new chapter of our history", said Archbishop Evarist Pinto. The archbishop of Karachi was speaking to 450 guests of the premier of a television film Muhjza [Miracle], held in St. Paul's parish compound in Mehmudabad, Karachi.

"The aim of Muhjza is to evangelise through the media and it is the first attempt, not only in this diocese but in the whole country," he said. "I am most impressed by the professionalism displayed by those who produced it. The message is simple yet very profound. At certain moments it really evokes deep feelings of viewers. I am sure it will be a success."

The 40-minute film is about two Catholic parents, who have problems with their two children, and who open a channel of dialogue through prayer and fasting, thus resolving the situation. Some private television stations have shown interest in showing the film "later on".

The project was realized by Fr Arthur Charles, a diocesan priest of Karachi, who said: "Today we feel we are a step closer to our dream to have a Catholic TV Channel and radio station. I have already given a name to them: Good News TV and FM 777. We are working on this, although we clearly need a long time. The only sure thing is that it will not be a channel for Catholics alone: it must be for all."

 "We wish to provide a platform for the message of Christ for all and we also want to promote inter-religious harmony." Even "our Muslim brothers and sisters" are working on the project, "encouraging us to move on."

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