Muslim community helps rebuild Catholic church in Pakistan


UCA NEWS — In a rare display of interfaith harmony, Muslim villagers are helping Christians rebuild a Catholic church in the eastern Pakistani city of Gujranwala.

The foundation stone of St. Mary’s Church, which is being rebuilt to accommodate more worshipers, was laid by Father Samran Anwar, parish priest of St. Joseph’s Parish, in the Butranwali district of Gujranwala in November last year.

The city is approximately 80 kilometers north of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.
Around 50 Christian families are estimated to be living in the Muslim-majority community where the church is being rebuilt.

“It is an example of true love and brotherhood that Muslim people have opened their hearts and are financing the construction work,” Father Samran said.

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