Govt to invite Pope Francis to Pakistan

Published: January 9, 2016
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Pope Francis. PHOTO: AFP

Pope Francis. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will extend an invitation to Pope Francis to visit Pakistan during his trip to Asia in March this year.

A delegation comprising Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael and parliamentarians from various religious minorities will call on the Pope in February.

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Michael said this after his meeting with papal nuncio Archbishop Ghaleb Bader on Saturday. The Pope is scheduled to visit India and other Asian countries in March.

Michael said the delegation will deliver Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s invitation to the Pope. He said promoting inter-faith harmony and checking sectarianism was the top priority of the government. He said terror incidents had considerably decreased after the start of Operation Zarb-e-Azb and that investors’ interest in the country had increased.

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The archbishop expressed his happiness at the improved law and order in the country. He said the incidents of violence against religious minorities had also decreased.

The papal nuncio said that the Pope will be happy to visit Pakistan. He also lauded Pakistan’s efforts for global peace.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2016.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Pakistani
    Jan 9, 2016 - 3:24PM

    Welcome to PakistanRecommend

  • Umair
    Jan 10, 2016 - 2:00AM

    best, best thing if this happens. I believe he is the most respected man in the world right now.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jan 10, 2016 - 3:13AM

    We sincerely welcome POPe to visit PakistanRecommend

  • Md. Tahir Shah
    Jan 10, 2016 - 3:29AM

    Pakistan have a strong Catholic community so this is a good step by the government.Recommend

  • Yousuf47 London
    Jan 10, 2016 - 7:30AM

    A wonderful gesture to a great Pope and one that is likely to augment well for the West to recognise that not all Muslims are terrorists. The Sharif Givernment should go further in allowing Christians all other minorities to propagate their own faith without fear much as Muslims are allowed to do so in the West. It should open internet and other services including UTube to achieve their purpose, as it will only go towards understanding the only other major religion. Well done PM as a first step. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 10, 2016 - 9:20AM

    @Zahid:
    Yes, he should all do a tour of all the main madrassahs in the country having an honor guard at each one.Recommend

  • Vikram
    Jan 12, 2016 - 12:00AM

    Muslims law require 4 male witnesses to prove adultry/rape but one witness to kill some one for blasphemy. Before you invite pope start treating Shias, Hindus, Ahmadis as human beings.Recommend

  • Rafique
    Feb 22, 2016 - 12:58AM

    We sincerely welcome POPE to visit Pakistan.. Recommend

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