ucanews.com reporter, LahorePublished: June 13, 2011 07:11 AM GMT
Hundreds of Catholic clergy and laypeople attended a thanksgiving Mass on June 11 for newly-retired Archbishop Emeritus of Lahore, Lawrence Saldanha. More than 500 Catholics and all the diocese’s 58 priests attended the Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore in honor of the archbishop, who headed the Catholic Church for nine years. Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Edgar Pena Perra concelebrated the mass with Bishop Sebastian Shah of Lahore. “I was ordained the archbishop on 9/11, the accursed day terrorists attacked the United States in 2001. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind, died shortly after I resigned, said the archbishop. Speakers paid tribute to Archbishop Saldanha, who "strongly supported inter-religious harmony and dialogue during a decade of the 'war on terror'.” They remembered major instances of Christian persecution, all in Punjab province, in his era including:
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