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The Catholic Church in the Islamic Republic of  Pakistan

The emergence of Christianity in Pakistan dates back to 1581 by the missionaries from the West. The Catholic Church in Pakistan has now grown to 1084782 Catholics administratively structured into seven independent units with one foreigner and six sons of the soil at its helm and 146 diocesan priests to support them in the work of God.


Arch/diocese/prefecture Catholics    Priests  Bishop
Karachi-KHI 149350 36 His Grace Archbishop Evarist Pinto
Hyderabad-HYD   48991 07   His Lordship Max Rodrigues
Quetta-QET 27000 01 His Excellency Fr.Victor Gnanapragasam O.M.I.
Lahore-LHR 502619 28 His Grace Archbishop Lawrence J. Saldanha
Multan-MUL  98500 11 His Lordship Bishop Andrew Francis
Faisalabad-FSD 135879 44 His Lordship Joe Coutts
Islamabad-Rawalpindi-RWP 122443 19 His Lordship Anthony Lobo
TOTAL[Pakistan] 1084782 146  

 Diocesan Priests : Catholics = 01: 7430

Source:The Catholic Church in Pakistan : Directory 2002


National Institute of Philosophy in Pakistan

In a village of Yuhannabad, in the outskirts of Lahore is situated St. Francis Xavier Seminary, an Institute of Philosophical studies. It offers a two year –four semester – programme in “Christian Philosophy”. It is affiliated to the Pontifical Urban University of Rome. The Roman Catholic Bishops Conference of Pakistan decided on the 18th of April 1990 to build this new seminary for philosophical studies in the Punjab; Approval was given by the Holy See. Lahore was chosen. His Grace, Archbishop Armando Trindade, of blessed memory, the former Archbishop of Lahore offered a big piece of land in Yuhannabad for its construction.


Inauguration & Blessing

Work on the project started in September 1992. We welcomed the first group of seminarians on the 1st of September 1994. His Excellency Cardinal Jozef Tomko opened and blessed St. Francis Xavier Seminary on the 2nd of December 1994.


The seminary consists of three blocks.

Academic Block

One block houses the administration, Staff residence, lecture rooms and library.


Living Quarters

Another block is the residence of the seminarians. It is divided in four units. Each unit comprises two dormitories, a common room, a small store, bathroom facilities and a room for the Moderator of the group.


Chapel, Dining Room & Auditorium

The third block houses the chapel, the dining room, the kitchen, the pantry, the kitchen store, the main store and a multipurpose hall, which is regularly used as a recreation hall by the seminarians. It is also used as a theatre for film shows and drama, not only for the seminarians but also for the people of the area. It is also used as an assembly hall.


Garages & Staff Quarters

A small block,with garages and a workshop, besides, three small houses for the domestic staff.


Farm, Recreation & Marian Shrine

The building is surrounded by a fairly large piece of land, which is being developed as a wheat and rice field also a vegetable garden; a small recreational spot, which includes a football ground, a basketball pitch and Marian Shrine. The seminarians give a great helping hand in the normal domestic chores and also a lot of work to maintain and improved the premises.

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