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.


At least 11 wounded in Somalia Al-Shabab claimed attack

Updated 23 March 2019
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At least 11 wounded in Somalia Al-Shabab claimed attack

  • Authorities have not said if there are any deaths in the attack
  • The extremist group is fighting against foreign influences which they see as heretic

MOGADISHU: At least 11 people were wounded when gunmen set off explosions and stormed government ministries in Somalia’s capital Saturday in an attack claimed by the Al-Shabab extremist group, police said.
“There can be others inside but we have so far collected eleven people wounded in the attack,” said Abdukadir Abdirahman Adan, director of the Aamin ambulance service in the capital Mogadishu.
Police say the assault began when two explosions were set off near the ministries of public works and labor.
Gunmen entered the buildings following the blasts.
“The security forces rescued many of the staff from the buildings and they are still engaging some gunmen who managed to enter the building after the blast,” said security commander Ahmed Adan.
It remained unclear if there were any deaths in the attack.
The attack was claimed by the Al-Shabab extremist group, which is fighting an armed insurrection in Somalia against what it sees as heretic and foreign influence.
Attacks that use a combination of bombs and gunmen have become a hallmark of the insurgents.
Earlier this month, at least 20 people died in an attack in Mogadishu which saw Al-Shabab extremists battling security forces for nearly 24 hours.
The group also claimed responsibility for a March 7 car bombing near a restaurant in the capital that killed four people.