After the Pontiff announced that he is to elevate Archbishop Joseph Coutts to the rank of cardinal, the news has generated happiness among the Pakistanis. In this regard, Archbishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi and Pakistan Catholics Bishops’ Conference President and National Commission of Justice & Peace Chairman (NCJP) Joseph Arshad has welcomed the news.
“I am happy to announce that on June 29 there will be a consistory meeting to appoint 14 new cardinals. Their origins reflect the universality of the church,” Pope Francis said in an address in Saint Peter’s square on May 20. Archbishop of Karachi was among those named as new cardinals. Joseph Coutts is going to be the second Pakistani Christian to be elevated to the rank of cardinal.
In this regard, a joint statement was released by Archbishop Joseph Arshad, Reverend Emmanuel Yousaf and Executive Director of National Commission of Justice and Peace Cecil Shane Chaudhry. The statement said it was indeed a great moment of joy and pride not only for the Church in Pakistan but also for the entire nation.
In a joint statement, Joseph Arshad, Reverend Emmanuel Yousaf and NCJP Executive Director Cecil Shane Chaudhry stated that it is truly a historic and a great moment of pride for the Catholic community and the entire nation.
“We have very optimistic feelings regarding this decision. Archbishop Coutts is a visionary with immense knowledge and in-depth understanding of political matters,” the statement said.
Reverend Emmanuel Yousaf stated that after this appointment the people of Pakistan will have a stronger voice internationally. “We believe that his leadership will boost our morale and Archbishop Coutts will be a reason for progress of the local church,” they said.
Cecil Shane Chaudhry and Archbishop Joseph Arshad while congratulating Joseph Coutts stated: “We are a religious minority in Pakistan, but now our voice can be heard well in the universal church. We are very thankful to Pope Francis for this decision because he takes care of the small churches.”