“The Asian continent, imbued with rich philosophical and religious traditions, remains a great frontier for your testimony to Christ…Let Christ turn your natural optimism into Christian hope, your energy into moral virtue, your good will into genuine self-sacrificing love! This is the path you are called to take.” Pope Francis
The number of Catholics in Asia is projected to top 170 million by 2020. In 2015, Aid to the Church in Need supported the Church in Asia greatly, which included the formation of more than 1400 seminarians. Our help is still desperately needed as Christians continue to be terrorized and harassed in China, Vietnam, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
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Though outwardly seemingly unremarkable, the village of Khushpur is sometimes jokingly described as “Pakistan‘s Vatican.” It can be seen as the heart of the Catholic Church in Pakistan, given that this one Catholic parish 2 bishops, over 35 priests, more than 100 religious Sisters and a considerable number of religious Brothers have emerged.
The Holy Spirit Sisters are a congregation founded in 1950 in Germany. They work above all in pastoral care, and their role is to support the priests in their work. The Sisters give catechetical instruction, prepare children, young people and adults to receive the Sacraments and organize prayer meetings.
Kazakhstan is a vast country, covering an area of well over 1 million square miles, or more than a quarter of the size of the entire United States. Yet it has a population of just 18 million. A former Soviet republic, it has been an independent state since 1991.
The life of a priest in Pakistan is by no means an easy mission. Most of the Catholic priests in the country have to minister to vast areas, and the threat of Islamic extremism is ever-present. Christians are victims of violence and false accusations of blasphemy, and even in their ordinary everyday lives, they face constant hostility and discrimination.