Pope Francis offered special prayers for Pakistan and its citizens that fell prey to terrorism.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif extended a warm invite to visit Pakistan to Pope Francis. According to a media report on Thursday, Pope Francis accepted the invitation to visit Pakistan however, no schedule has yet been published on the details of said visit. The government of Pakistan decided to extend this invitation during Pope Francis’ visit to Asia in March. Reportedly, the invitation on behalf of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, was extended by a delegation comprising of Minster of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yusuf, and Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael, during their visit to Rome and Vatican City on the 23rd February.
Pope Francis will be visiting India, and other Asian countries in March. Michael stated that promoting inter-faith harmony was amongst the top priorities of the government of Pakistan. Operation Zarb-e-Azb has seen to ensuring better security conditions in Pakistan and the archbishop expressed his happiness at the improved law and order in the country. He noted that incidents of violence against religious minorities had also decreased.
It is after a rather long time that a pope will be visiting Pakistan. The last pope to visit Pakistan was Pope John Paul II in February 1981. It is indeed a positive step by the government of Pakistan have extended an invitation to Pope Francis, and an honor for him to have accepted. Christians make up an estimated 1.6% of Pakistan’s population i.e. 2.8 million people, all of whom will be thrilled by the pope’s visit.
Pope Francis is expected in Pakistan somewhere towards the end of March or early April.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.