Catholics are a small minority in Pakistan, making up slightly more than one percent of a population that is 96 percent Muslim. But even as a minority group facing abuse and discrimination, they practice and celebrate their faith.
Pakistan’s Catholics can be found in villages like Issanagri, which is part of the Diocese of Faisalabad but six miles from its major church: the Parish of the Assumption, which consists of 6,000 members.
Issanagri has a small chapel, but it cannot hold the community’s 1,500 worshipers. And the larger parish center is at least an hour away by foot.
So, Catholics in Issanagri have decided to build a more suitable church. They have made great sacrifices in order to do: collecting money, though they are poor; lending time and energy to its construction, though they have other jobs and responsibilities.
But despite their efforts, they have managed to build only part of the church. Mass is celebrated between unfinished walls, in the open air; there is no shelter from the scorching sun, torrential rain, or biting cold that even Pakistan knows.
The parish priest, Father Waseem Walter, has asked ACN for help so that they can finally complete their church. He and his people were overjoyed with our promise of $12,400.
Will you support Father Waseem and the committed faithful of Pakistan? We are sure they will remember you in their prayers.
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