Philadelphia, Pa., Jan 22, 2020 / 16:01 pm
On behalf of Philadelphia's Pakistani Catholic community, Archbishop Charles Chaput encouraged the Pakistani prime minister Tuesday to shape a culture of religious freedom in the country.
"I urge you to make every effort to secure the full rights of Pakistan's citizens of every religion. And please understand that I will be pressing this issue vigorously in the American public square on behalf of Philadelphia and other Pakistani Catholics," the Archbishop of Philadelphia wrote Jan. 21 to Imran Khan, prime minister of Pakistan.
The letter, published in First Things, highlighted the Pakistani Catholic community in the Philadelphia area, whom Archbishop Chaput said "are grateful for their Pakistani heritage" and "whose Catholic faith was nourished in Pakistan." He added, however, that "the hardships now faced by Christians in Pakistan profoundly concern them."
The archbishop encouraged Khan to "work urgently to assure true religious liberty for all citizens of Pakistan, especially for members of minority faiths."