AACHEN: 2014 has been dedicated to Pakistan with an aim for a special missionary cooperation towards the country.
The Director of Missio-Aachen Mgr. Klaus Kraemer has declared 2014 as the year dedicated to Pakistan in his special interview to an international news agency Fides. He stated: The year 2014 is dedicated to Pakistan. Every year ‘Missio’ focuses on a reality with the dual aim of sensitizing the conscience of citizens in Europe and to launch special missionary cooperation. Even for October missionary month, and for World Mission Day initiatives and testimonies dedicated to Pakistan have been planned.
While talking about his recent trip to Pakistan he said: A delegation of Missio stopped over in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. We met bishops, seminarians and the faithful. The situation of Christians remains complicated, in an Islamic context. The Church continues with conviction through inter-religious dialogue. Among the challenges the nation faces, there is that of terrorism. One notes the presence of police everywhere and people are afraid of sudden terrorist attacks by the Taliban. The law of blasphemy and its consequences is also a very delicate situation. In recent years intolerance has worsened. He went on to say that: Missio on one hand helps the Church of Pakistan in the formation of priests, religious, laity, catechists. On the other hand, it is important to make efforts to raise awareness to prayer and cooperation among citizens of Western countries.
Notably, a bigger issue concerning the religious minorities being deprived of their essential human rights in Pakistan was also brought into discussion during their trip to Pakistan as a delegation of the German government accompanied them. He explained: In joint meetings with civil authorities in Pakistan, the issue of respect for human rights in the country was raised. On the occasion of World Mission Day we have organized more than 300 events in all the dioceses in Germany, with the witnesses of Pakistani Christians who will also visit the German Parliament. He affirmed that:
Our special support for the Church in Pakistan will continue in the coming years.