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Archdiocese of Karachi

Cardinal Archbishop Joseph Coutts
Cardinal Archbishop Coutts
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Cardinal Archbishop Joseph Coutts
Archbishop's House,
St. Patrick's Cathedral,
Shahrah-e-Iraq, Saddar,
Karachi, Pakistan

Phone: +92 213-2781533
Fax :+92 213-2781532
Email: [email protected]

Archbishop Joseph Coutts was born on July 21, 1945 at Amritsar, India. He was ordained a priest on Jan. 9, 1971 in Lahore. He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Hyderabad on May 5, 1988. Pope John Paul II appointed him then Bishop of Faisalabad diocese, where he was installed on Sept. 25, 1998. He succeeded Bishop John Joseph who took his own life as a protest against anti-Christian bias in Pakistan.

On Jan. 25, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Joseph Coutts Archbishop of Karachi. The new archbishop was installed in Karachi on March 17. He succeeds Archbishop Evarist Pinto, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

Archbishop Coutts is the National Director of Caritas Pakistan and is actively involved in inter-faith dialogue with Muslims. He is also the president of Pakistan Catholic Bishops Conference. A doctor of philosophy, he can speak several languages including English, Italian, German, French, Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi.

On 28 June 2018, Pope Francis elevated Archbishop Joseph Coutts to Cardinal.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Evarist Pinto (2004-2012)
  • Archbishop Simeon Anthony Pereira (1994-2002, Died 2006)
  • Archbishop Joseph Cardinal Cordeiro (1958-1994 Died 1994)
  • Bishop (1948-1950), Archbishop (1950-1958 Died 1966)
  • Archbishop James C. van Miltenburg, ofm, Ecclesiastical Superior (1942-1948)
  • Salesius Lemmens, ofm, Ecclesiastical Superior (1935-1942, Died 1942)
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