Construction of a Church in Pakistan
Thanks to the generosity of ACN’s donors, the Catholics of Hasilpur are overjoyed, for
Hasilpur, in the Diocese of Multan, is not far from the Indian border. When the new nation of Pakistan was born in the year 1947, many Indians came over the new border to live here. Today there are 300 Catholic families living here, most of them extremely poor and earning a precarious living as day laborers. For many years the Catholic faithful here longed for a solid church of their own, since the old mud brick chapel where they used to pray together was built back in 1950
Sadly, following the catastrophic flooding of 2010, building materials became prohibitively expensive, since people were striving to rebuild their ruined buildings. Finally the parishioners turned to ACN for help. Now their parish church is finished!
There is also another reason for their joy: This year one of their own, a young man from Hasilpur by the name of Benjamin, was ordained to the priesthood. The Diocese of Multan covers an area of over 38,000 square miles, making it larger than Maine; yet it has just 15 diocesan priests.
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