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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

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Diocese of Multan

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Apostolic Administrator Sebastian Francis Shaw
Archbishop  Francis Shaw
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Apostolic Administrator Sebastian Francis Shaw
Bishop's House,
P.O. Box 133, 63 Aurangzeb Road,
Multan Cantt. 60000, Pakistan

Phone: (061)458.71.81, +92 42-36366137, +92 307-2346072
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Sebastian Francis Shaw was born in Padri-Jo-Goth, Sindh Pakistan on 14 November 1957. He completed his school studies at Fatima High School and did his college studies at the Government Degree College.

He received his religious training under the Order of Friars Minor and at the Christ the Kings Seminary in Karachi and was ordained a priest in Lahore, Pakistan on 6 December 1991. Before joining the Franciscans he was a teacher.

He was rector of the Juniorate and Postulancy of Darul Naim in Lahore from 1991 until 1995, taught at St Mary's Minor Seminary, Lahore and has also been Provincial of the Order of Friars Minor in Pakistan.

On 14 February 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Lahore by. Bishop Shah holds a Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counselling from De La Salle University in Manila.

Bishop Shaw was consecrated as Bishop at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Lahore, on 25 April 2009.

On 27 October 2013 Pope Francis appointed Bishop Shaw as a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Lahore on Nov. 14, 2013, on his 56th birthday.

On 11 April 2021 Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw has been named apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Multan. The Diocese was vacant after its bishop was transferred as the archbishop of Karachi.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Benny Mario Travas (29 May 2015 Appointed - 11 Feb 2021 Appointed, Archbishop of Karachi)
  • Bishop Patras Yousaf (1984 to 1998 Died in 1998 )
  • Bishop Andrew Francis (1972-2014)
  • Bishop Bertrand E. Boland OP ( 1966 to 1984 Retired in 1984)
  • Bishop Aloysius Louis Scheerer OP (1960 to 1966 Died in 1966 )
  • Bishop Francis B. Cialeo OP (1939 to 1960)

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