Lahore, Pakistan, Dec 28, 2022 / 17:15 pm
Despite the continued threat of terrorist attacks, Christian communities across Pakistan celebrated Christmas Sunday in much the usual way, with great zeal and joyfulness.
Prayers were offered for peace, progress, and prosperity of Pakistan as well as for the safety of all humanity. The faithful took part in traditional Yuletide activities, including illuminating houses and neighborhoods, and came to church prepared by their leaders to expect bodily searches from security personnel.
In the end, there were no violent attacks to mar the celebration of the Lord’s birth, and many credited the heightened security measures for keeping the peace.
Amir Rufin, a Catholic from Lahore, told ACI Mena: “We had a peaceful Christmas as there was not even a single incident that happened anywhere. We are thankful to the local administration, security agencies, and the police for providing security to us, so we should offer prayers peacefully.”