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.


German Catholic Church apologizes over child sex abuse

Updated 25 September 2018
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German Catholic Church apologizes over child sex abuse

FULDA, Germany: Germany’s Catholic Church on Tuesday apologized to victims of decades of sex abuse by clergy, with the institution’s top cardinal saying perpetrators must be brought to justice.
“I have to say very clearly that sexual abuse is a crime. Those who are guilty must be punished,” said Cardinal Reinhard Marx, adding that “for all the failures and for all the pain, as chairman of Germany’s Bishops Conference, I apologize.”