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Migrant Catholics struggle for acceptance

Jubilee celebrations at St. Francis Assisi Parish in Karachi Jubilee celebrations at St. Francis Assisi Parish in Karachi
  • Ayyaz Gulzar, Karachi
  • Pakistan
  • November 7, 2011
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Catholics were encouraged to support migrants at the end of a three-day festival to celebrate 75 years of St. Francis Assisi parish in Karachi.

Archbishop Evarist Pinto of Karachi and nine priests offered a thanksgiving Mass for the jubilee year.

“This was the first parish to embrace the downtrodden migrating from Punjab province in search of better prospects”, said Hamid Henry, a lay leader, paying tribute to missionaries for opening technical and formal education schools as well as dispensaries.

Jesuits and Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King nuns started the migrant mission which still continues as Catholics pour in from Punjab and Sindh provinces.
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