ASIA/PAKISTAN - A new church dedicated to St. Peter in the Year of Mercy

Monday, 4 January 2016 local churches   year of mercy  

Faisalabad (Agenzia Fides) - A new church dedicated to St. Peter the Apostle is the gift that the Year of Mercy brings to the faithful of a small village near the town of Okara in the diocese of Faisalabad. As reported to Agenzia Fides, the new Church was inaugurated and blessed with a solemn Mass by Mgr. Joseph Arshad, Bishop of Faisalabad, in the presence of the local priest Fr. John Murad and by other priests and religious. The local community, led by Fr. Murad, did a lot in the past months to rebuild the church that now serves more than 100 Catholic families in the village. "The new church is a sign of unity among the faithful and wants to be a sign of love, unity and mercy towards the entire population of the village", remarked the Bishop during the celebration, packed with local faithful, children, and even non-Christians. "The new church is a visible sign of Christ's presence among us", continued the Bishop thanking all those who helped build the church. "In the year of the Jubilee of Mercy, Christ wants us ti be merciful like the Father", he said, urging to lay down any spirit of hatred and revenge and to "fill the whole territory and all of Pakistan with the mercy of God". (PA) (Agenzia Fides 04/01/2016)