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Numerous priestly, religious vocations reported in Pakistan

December 06, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Pakistan, whose official religion is Islam, is the world’s sixth most populous nation (205 million). Over 96% of Pakistanis are Muslim; fewer than 1% are Catholic. The rector of a seminary in Lahore, said that his seminary is full and that 30 men from his seminary have been ordained since 2015. In addition, he reported “numerous vocations to the female consecrated life, a sign which instills confidence and hope despite difficulties.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 06, 2018 6:03 AM ET USA

    It seems that the threat of martyrdom is a strong incentive for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life in Pakistan. Likewise, the threat of martyrdom of faith in the Western world seems to be a strong incentive for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life in communities that worship according to the "extraordinary form." Please pray that this worldwide community does not become subject to suppression because of envy, elitism, hatred or other forms of clericalism.