In an interview with Fides, Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi "condemns this criminal act" and, also recalling the recent aggression against the Christians of Quetta (see Fides 16/4/2018), says he is "worried about the protection of Christians in Pakistan". The National Commission and "Justice and Peace", within the Catholic Bishops' conference, has organized today, April 17, a protest demonstration across the country to express solidarity with the Christians of Quetta and Lahore: Fr. Bonnie Mendes, priest of Faisalabad, comments to Fides: "We note that attacks against religious minorities are increasing. The government must take serious measures and not underestimate the phenomenon".
The burned church is in the same place where the young Christian Patras Masih his cousin Sajid Masih were arrested in March 2018, for a case of alleged blasphemy (see Fides 3/3/2018). (AG) (Agenzia Fides, 17/4/2018) FULL TEXT Release: from Agenzia Fides