India’s Santa Cruz Cathedral, a repository of Portuguese heritage
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica at Fort Kochi is one of the finest churches and a historic but also a landmark in Kerala state of southern India. Santa Cruz Church blends Indo-European and Gothic architectural style that draws tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists every year. The cathedral is a great place of devotion and historic significance that survived colonial conquests and invasions to the city.
Indian Church beholds the memory of exiled Nepali Catholics
Mokama Marian shrine on the southern bank of Ganges River bears the legacy persecuted Nepali Catholics banished from their homeland to India for refusing to renounce their faith. Our Lady of Divine Grace Church at Mokama stands about 90 kilometers from Patna, the capital of eastern Indian state of Bihar. Mother Mary is popularly known as Mokama Mata (Mother of Mokama). The church was built to honor Mary in 1947.
Indian Church relishes miracles of Saint Thomas, the Apostle
This fabled church is also known by its Syriac name Mar Sleeva (Holy Cross) Church
Pakistan’s oldest church stands strong despite persecution
St. Joseph’s Church in Lahore is the oldest Catholic Church in Pakistan that has flourished since the 19th century despite deadly sectarian violence in recent years. The church at Sarfaraz Rafiqui Road in Lahore was established as a wooden structure during the British colonial era, on Oct. 31, 1842, to provide pastoral care to the British soldiers. It completed 180 years this year.
Malaysian Cathedral enlivens the memories of Chinese migrants
The Sacred Heart Cathedral is the mother church of Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese in Sabah state of Malaysia. It bears the legacy of Chinese migrants who laid the foundation of a thriving Catholic community in the early 20th century. The advent of Catholic mission in Jeselton (now Kota Kinabalu) during British colonial era owes much to English Mill Hill missionary Father Henry van der Heyden.
Pakistani cathedral pays homage to Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier
Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral in Hyderabad is a British-colonial-era religious landmark in Pakistan’s eighth-largest city that beholds the centuries-old heritage of Christianity in the country. It is the mother church of the Hyderabad Diocese.
Pakistan’s Sacred Heart Church is a witness of the historic evolution
Sacred Heart Church in Keamari is a British colonial-era Catholic Church in Pakistan’s Karachi Archdiocese that boosts 160 years of history marked with the advent, expansion, and persecution of Christians.
Pakistani Church preserves the relic of miraculous Portuguese saint
Asian Catholics who cannot visit Padua in Italy to honor the miraculous Portuguese Saint Anthony can visit St. Anthony’s Church in Karachi to pay tribute to him. The church has preserved a relic of the Wonder Worker since it was established in 1937.