Christians in Karachi pray for peace invoking St. Anthony

Terrorists of the Pakistani Taliban had attacked the International Airport of Karachi on June 8 evening.

Pakistan
Jun 10 2014, 3:13 PM
Christians in Karachi pray for peace invoking St. Anthony
Smoke and fire billows from Karachi airport during the attack by terrorists of the Pakistani Taliban.

In response to the terrorist attack on Karachi Airport, Catholics in Karachi are dedicating three days of intense prayer for peace in the nation, invoking the intercession of Saint Antony whose feast is celebrated this Friday.

Terrorists of the Pakistani Taliban had attacked the International Airport of Karachi on June 8 evening. Pakistani security forces were able to take control of the airport by next day. At least 24 people were killed and 20 wounded in the clashes.

"In moments of tension and violence, while a symbolic attack is taking place at the heart of the state, as Catholics we turn to St. Anthony, whose feast is approaching on June 13; to the saint of Miracles we ask for the gift of peace and harmony for our beloved nation," said Father Mario Rodrigues, Director of the Commission of pastoral youth of the Archdiocese of Karachi and pastor at St. Anthony Church in the city.

The priest explained, "We are dismayed. The terrorist attack of Taliban origin shows that these extremist groups also have a military force. They also want to have visibility and show that they are able to strike at the heart of the nation. There is an atmosphere of tension and suspension in the city. All the Special Forces have arrived. We hope the attack is foiled as soon as possible."

"As Catholics we will address special prayers to St. Anthony: in the next three days, in preparation for his feast on June 13, we will live an intense prayer with the prolonged exposure of the Blessed Sacrament in the church of St. Anthony in Karachi. From six in the morning until six in the evening, young people, adults, children, families, come to worship and pray to the Saint of miracles, to whom the Catholics of Karachi harbour a deep veneration," Father Mario explained that the constant invocation of the Saint Antony of Padua will help to build peace, reconciliation and harmony in Pakistan.

Father Mario requested, "During this difficult period, we ask Pope Francis to pray for peace in Pakistan".

Karachi is Pakistan's southern metropolis, in Sindh province, known to be the most violent city in the country, where killings and violence among ethnic groups, terrorist and jihadist formations, criminal gangs involved in international drug trafficking and weapons take place every day.

Source: Agenzia Fides 

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