Australian nuns leave danger zone
Nine Australian Sisters of Mercy have returned from Pakistan on the advice of the Australian Hig Commission but say they will review the situation in the coming week.
Afghan refugees have been flooding into Pakistan, where emotions are running high among some Muslim groups in sympathy with predominantly Muslim Afghanistan.
The coordinator of cross cultural ministries in the Institute of Mercy Sisters of Australia, Sr Helen Nolan, said the Australians who had been in Pakistan were from congregations across the country.
Sr Nolan said the sisters were anxious to return as soon as possible to their work in schools, a teacher training college and with refugees.
Meanwhile, two Australian Jesuits who have been doing pastoral and other work in Pakistan had left the country by the time the US retaliation began in Afghanistan. Australian St John of God sisters providing health care have remained in Pakistan, and Australian Columban Fr Rob McCulloch is also staying in his lecturing post at a seminary in Karachi.