Pakistan archbishop hails Pope's friendly visit to Muslim Kazakhstan
The Archbishop of Lahore has welcomed the Pope's visit to Kazakhstan, suggesting the Holy Father is "making a bridge between the two great religions in a moment when relations between them have become very tense".
Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha, chairman of the national peace and justice commission of the Pakistani Bishops Conference, told the Rome-based MISNA news agency that the visit is a "beacon of hope".
He said: "His positive call for a solution without violence and bloodshed is surely one that echoes the feelings in our hearts."
Archbishop Saldanha added that the Pope's visit to the Mosque of Damascus last May was "very well appreciated by the Muslim clerics in Pakistan".