|Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (PCBC), held Second Plenary Annual Meeting in the Renewal Center in Lahore from 9 to 10 November, 2017. During this conference the issues that concern with the life of the general population of our beloved nation and of the Church has been discussed and to introduce the accompanying message to church and the general population of positive will:
Currently, Pakistan is facing multiple challenges and troubles. The corruption in the Country is a cause of big concern to the Church. We have to be sincere in our dealings and be free from all stains of corruption. This is a big challenge to us and to the entire society. In sincerity and honesty before Almighty God and the well-being of our Country we have to admit our failures and ask God for pardon. This requires great bravery. If we can begin cleansing ourselves the future of the country will be brilliant.
In their daily troubles of life, the people of Pakistan are looking onward to participate in the next elections. The up-coming elections which will strengthen the democratic process should be as clear as ever. We cannot hope for a stable government if the elections are not free and fair. Unjust elections are big problems all we need is free and fair elections. The Election Commission of Pakistan must be totally independent and impartial so there must be an honest interim government that will bring in fair practices and not interfere with the election campaigns and the voting process. We appeal to all to elect a sincere government that will rule with integrity. We urge all citizens to give this process the utmost importance. We also take this opportunity to call upon all political parties to address and include issues that concern the problems of the minorities in Pakistan in order to build a solid and complete democracy.
“We feel that the current electoral system for minority candidates being appointed by political parties on reserved seats does not represent the community and so we urge the Government to create a just and fair system”
Education is the basic right of every human being. It has power to pull a human from darkness of illiteracy into the light of enlightenment. We as Pakistani Catholic Church are striving to teach reasonable quality education. This was our effort in the past and this will continue to be our effort in the future. We appeal to the Government to introduce an educational system which can create an atmosphere of acceptance, religious harmony and peaceful co-existence in Pakistan.
Concerning the life of the Church, that the Government gave Sr. Dr Ruth Pfau the respect she justified for her tireless efforts to remove leprosy from the country. We express our sincere gratitude to the Government and all those responsible for making the funeral of Dr Ruth Pfau a national event but this must further inspire the clergy, religious, lay faithful and all people to a renewed commitment of serving our neighbor especially in the poor and the marginalized.
The Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference has declared “The Year of the Eucharist” in Pakistan that will begin on 26th November 2017 and conclude on the 25th November 2018 on the Feast of Christ the King. The “Year of the Eucharist” is meant to be a time of spiritual growth to share the love of Christ with all humanity by our dedicated service to our country.