Pakistani Bishops Cheered by Pope´s Visit to Kazakhstan

LAHORE, Pakistan, SEPT. 24, 2001 ( The Pope´s trip to Kazakhstan is lifting hopes in Pakistan.

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“By his friendly visit to a Muslim country, he is [building] a bridge between the two great religions, in a moment when relations between them have become very tense,” Metropolitan Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha told the Misna missionary agency.

“[At] this critical time, his visit is a beacon of hope. His positive call for a solution without violence and bloodshed is surely one that echoes the feelings in our hearts,” said the archbishop, who is chairman of the Pakistani bishops´ National Peace and Justice Commission.

Archbishop Saldanha recalled that the Holy Father´s visit to the Damascus mosque in May was “very well appreciated by the Muslim clerics in Pakistan.”

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