BISHOP GEORGE Pallipparambil and his Diocese of Miao are based in the remote northeastern State of Arunachal Pradesh, where he has been working with tribes, who until 30 years ago, still lived away from civilization in conditions marked by extreme poverty and constant fighting. He has transformed entire communities and brought peace to the region through education programs for youth and faith-building initiatives. The growth of the Faith in his diocese has been remarkable. The diocese now boasts 32 parishes and 90,000 Catholics, where a few decades ago there was no Catholic presence at all. The Bishop has indeed a unique story to tell.
Pakistan has a population of 160 million of which at least 96 million are Muslim. Christians number only three million -nevertheless there is a growth of vocations especially to the religious life in the Catholic Church.
Mark Riedemann interviews Sister Sr. Ghazia Akbad, a Paulist Sister, who has just completed her final vows in Rome and is going back to serve in Pakistan.