Card Coutts: ‘Christmas is a sign of brotherhood for Pakistan’
Speaking at a charity event for orphans at the Don Bosco Hostel in Karachi, the cardinal warned against “creating walls among us”. A group of Christians marched through the city singing Christmas carols, but also highlighting the need for minority protection in the country.
Karachi (AsiaNews) – A Bonfire Dinner was held of St. Patrick Catholic Cathedral in Karachi for the orphaned children of the Don Bosco Hostel.
Speaking at the event, Card Joseph Coutts, Archbishop Emeritus of Karachi, said that, “The unity of all, Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims with Christians at Christmas is a sign of brotherhood in Pakistan.”
Warning against “creating walls among us,” he urged people “to pray that God may bless our country, Pakistan, and all those living here.”
Organised by Pakistan Young Chef, the event brought 150 orphans and their talents to the stage where they sang, danced and performed a play about the birth of Jesus.
Bryan Everest Benedict, a Christian philanthropist from Karachi, has worked tirelessly in support of the poor during the pandemic. He got non-Christian business people involved in organising the event as well.
“The happiness seen on the faces of these kids revealed Christ’s love for the poor which has no cost,” he told AsiaNews.
Rev Solomon Manzoor, president of Rapha Mission International, organised a Pakistan Peace Christmas rally in Karachi.
A group of Christians dressed as Santa Claus marched through the city singing Christmas carols and praying for peace in Pakistan.
Rev Manzoor thanked the authorities for the collaboration offered in the initiative, but he also asked them to reconsider their refusal to approve the law against forced conversions, which is seen as an important protection for the rights of minorities in Pakistan.