Saint Peter’s Church –Karachi is the biggest Catholic Church of Pakistan.
The renovated Church opened its doors for the prayer services on 9th of November 2011, since then it has witnessed numerous wedding ceremonies and other services. This Church is the artwork of architect, Kausar Ali. The Church is located in Akhtar Colony,Karachi amongst the slender streets, inserted amid disorganized housing flats. The Church building occupies over 21,000 square feet of land; having the capacity to house a congregation as large as 5,000 people at a time. This refashioned Church has outstripped the Saint Patrick’s Church which has the congregational capacity for 2,000 people at a time.
Upon the beginning of the construction work, many national and international societies rendered their helping hands in the reconstruction of the Church. These include the Missio, Pontifical Mission Societies, the Italian Bishop’s Conference and the Rothenberg Diocese in Germany. Nevertheless, the local congregation accounted for the most part of assistance, according to Fr. Rodrigues. The local Christian community put together 25% of total reconstruction expanses. “We were so touched that we decided we could not accept it from them but they insisted, saying that they had been saving the money especially for the church over the course of several years,” Fr. Rodrigues recalls.
The Church was fixed up in a period of 11 months of hard slog by the architect and the labor force. This brown- bricked building contains an arched hall divided in two floors. This building was painstakingly shaped into a stable structure albeit the ground is uneven. This marvelous structure stretches 24 meters high with beaming white stained glass windows adorned with crystal artwork. At the far end of the building, is situated the sanctuary for the priests in addition to a full portico which marks the altar. The pews are fairly away from the altar. The architect paid particular attention to lightening of the building at the same time as using reflective and glittering white marble for the flooring. Adding to the splendor of the Church are the colorful paintings hanging on the wall of the Church.
The sanctuary Arch is adorned by agnomen of Saint Peter as well as his effigy. An oversized painting portraying many scenes of Saint Pater with Jesus Christ bedecks the doom of the sanctuary. Louis John Pinto, commonly known as Gumby a recognized musician of the Pakistani Music industry designed the acoustics of the main hall. The exceptional design allows the choir to be heard without any put in amplification.
This amazingly refurbished Church now ministers to an estimated 3,800 families of Akhtar Colony, Mehmoodabad, Kashmir Colony and Manzoor Colony’s Catholic community.