Pakistan to invite Pope Francis in March this year

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Pakistan all set to formally invite Pope Francis in March this year.

According to details, Pakistan is to extend a formal invitation to Pope Francis to visit the country during his trip to Asian countries in March this year. In this regard, a delegation of Pakistani leaders comprising Sardar Muhammad Yousuf- Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Kamran Michael – Minister for Ports and Shipping along with some of the other Pakistani parliamentarians hailing form various religious minorities would formally call on the Pope to extend the invitation in February.

While speaking in this regard, Minister for Ports and Shipping- Kamran Michael revealed this following his meeting with papal nuncio Archbishop Ghaleb Bader on Saturday, January 9.

Papal nuncio Archbishop Ghaleb Bader, uttered happiness over the fact, that there has been an improvement in the law and order situation in Pakistan. Archbishop Ghaleb Bader further noticed that the vicious incidents of anti- Christian violence and violence against various other religious minorities living in the country have gradually decreased.

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The Archbishop, explained that the Pontiff who is scheduled to visit India and other Asian countries in March; will be glad to visit Pakistan, while at the same time, he acclaimed the role Pakistan has been playing in promoting and creating peace at national and international level.

The Minister of Ports and Shipping said that the Pakistani delegation will convey a formal invitation to Pope Francis from the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif; inviting him over for a visit.

He kept on adding that, Pakistani government is prioritizing endorsement of inter-faith harmony along with scrutinizing sectarianism in any part of the county. After Pakistan military operation Zarb-e-Azb was carried out successfully, he continued, the incidents of terrorism have dropped by a long way; and the developing peace situation in Pakistan has attracted international investors’ interest in Pakistan.