Pakistan

Driving Towards Ethnic Harmony

On a recent very hot Sunday afternoon, I was sitting in a bus at the bus stand of Mirpurkhas City, in the interior of Sindh province, Pakistan. A vendor boarded the bus, carrying a jug and two glasses, hoping to …

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There’s a crack in everything and the light gets in

When I arrived at a small chapel on the outskirts of Gujranwala, Pakistan, to celebrate Mass on the first Sunday of Lent I was surprised to see the place was practically empty. Eventually, I was told that the people were …

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Pakistan Flood Update

When the floods began in Pakistan in late July 2010, the Columban fathers, Sisters and lay missionaries living and working there began to respond to the devastation. With the generous aid of Columban benefactors like you, they were able to …

Categories: E-Newsletter, November2011, Pakistan |

A Worthwhile Mission Cause

Last year Father Dan O’Connor, a Columban missionary priest working in Pakistan, brought home to New Zealand a number of Nativity Banners created by women in the Parish of Badin in the Sindh Province. He reported that the women were …

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Response to a Sacrifice

Supporting Peace and Justice On March 2, 2011, those who work toward peace and justice suffered a great tragedy for on that day, Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistani Minister for Minority Affairs, was assassinated. Shahbaz Bhatti was the only Christian cabinet …

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Why go to Pakistan?

Moving Forward in Hope “Freely, you have received, freely give. Go in my name and because you believe, others will know that I live.” This hymn, along with the awareness that we are called “to act justly, love tenderly and …

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Pakistan flood relief shows donor’s generosity at work

Fr. Tomás King provided the following brief summary of the work carried out with the generous funding received from Columban benefactors and friends. It covers parishes where Columbans work plus other places where Columban funding supported relief work. Two parishes …

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Of Swords and Scholars: Working Toward Acceptance

In the middle of a prominent intersection in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, is a large modern sculpture known as “the three swords.” The founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, spoke of the three “swords” of faith, unity and discipline. Fr. …

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Columbans helping flood victims start to reclaim their lives

The relief work continues and is carried out by many different groups and organizations both inside and outside the Church. This includes some parishes which were affected by the floods and are receiving support from Columban benefactors. The relief work will continue for a considerable length of time.

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Adrenalin, spirit help Sisters through reality of despair

What happens when the adrenalin subsides and one has to face the reality? For weeks our adrenalin was pumping, wondering if the mighty Indus would invade our house and surrounding area in Latifabad, like everybody else who could afford money, we bought in non-perishable foods that would take us through the disaster.

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