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Catholic teacher of former Pakistani leader laid to rest

Father John Baptist Todd, who taught Pervez Musharraf, died on Dec. 4, aged 96

Updated: December 08, 2017 09:34 AM GMT
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Catholic teacher of former Pakistani leader laid to rest

Pakistani minority Christians attend a Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi, in this file photo. The funeral Mass for Fr. John Baptist Todd was held in the same cathedral on Dec. 6 (Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP)

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Priests, religious and laypeople, as well as hundreds of former students have attended the funeral of Father John Baptist Todd OFM, a well-known Pakistani Franciscan educator who died on Dec. 4 aged 96.

The funeral Mass was held on Dec. 6 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi.

Archbishop Joseph Coutts presided over the Mass, concelebrated by Bishop Samson Shukardin of Hyderabad.

"He was a man of strong principles, strict with his students, but also very affectionate towards each of them. He will be remembered as a man of prayer, for his disciplined life, for the service rendered to education in Pakistan," Bishop Shukardin said.

Fr. Todd served the nation for 60 years as a pedagogue and teacher.

Former Pakistan president and army chief Pervez Musharraf and Jam Sadiq, a former president of Sindh province were among his students.

Fr. Todd was born on Nov. 30, 1921 in Karachi and ordained a priest in 1948.

Following his ordination he served in St. Patrick High School in Karachi, then as vice headmaster and headmaster of San Bonaventura High School in Hyderabad, until 1978.

After serving for a period in Quetta, where he survived a murder attempt, he returned to St. Patrick High School, where he was Director of the technical institute.

"Throughout his life he taught us the adherence and the strong bond with God, true and unique Master of our lives. The Rosary and daily prayer were always the source of his strength to fulfill his responsibilities with dedication and missionary zeal," Friar minor Pascal Robert, a former student, told the Fides website.

 

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