Pakistan Christians welcome new Catholic cardinal

A Pakistani Christian youth garlands the newly-appointed Pakistani Cardinal Joseph Coutts during a welcoming ceremony at Saint Patrick Church in Karachi on July 10, 2018, after his visit to the Vatican. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP)
Updated 10 July 2018
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Pakistan Christians welcome new Catholic cardinal

  • The 73-year-old former archbishop was among 14 new cardinals appointed by Pope Francis at a ceremony in Vatican City this month
  • Coutts, born in India, is only the second cardinal from Pakistan after Cardinal Joseph Cordero who died in 1994

KARACHI: Christians, a tiny minority in Islamic Pakistan, have given a warm welcome to newly appointed Roman Catholic Cardinal Joseph Coutts in the southern port city of Karachi.
Coutts was heralded Tuesday at the Karachi airport. The 73-year-old former archbishop was among 14 new cardinals appointed by Pope Francis at a ceremony in Vatican City this month.
Coutts, born in India, is only the second cardinal from Pakistan after Cardinal Joseph Cordero who died in 1994.
Coutts attended a ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi, where he prayed for interfaith harmony, prosperity and peace in Pakistan.
The Pakistani government welcomed Coutts’ promotion, saying it was an honor for Pakistan, where Christians face discrimination and have been targeted by Islamic extremists.
Christians make up about 2 percent of Pakistan’s population.


UK's PM Theresa May wins vote of confidence in her leadership

Updated 53 min 11 sec ago
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UK's PM Theresa May wins vote of confidence in her leadership

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday survived a bid by her own MPs to unseat her, securing the support of 200 Conservative colleagues while 117 voted against her.

The British leader overcame the party no-confidence vote after it was triggered by hardline Brexit supporters who despise the deal she struck with the EU last month.

It leaves May weakened but immune from a further internal challenge for a year.

May said after the result that she would get on with her "renewed mission" of taking Britain out of the European Union.

"Following this ballot, we now have to get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people and building a better future for this country," May told reporters outside her Downing Street residence.

May said she would seek legal and political assurances from EU leaders on Thursday on the backstop arrangement over the border between EU member state Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland

Meanwhile, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Wednesday that Britain's parliament needs to regain control of the Brexit process.

"Tonight's vote makes no difference to the lives of our people," Corbyn said in a statement. "She must now bring her dismal deal back to the House of Commons next week so Parliament can take back control."