Pope establishes new apostolic prefecture for Pakistan
Although Catholics are a tiny minority in Quetta and the surrounding area near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, Pope John Paul II has decided the Pakistani city will be the centre of a new apostolic prefecture.
Oblate Fr Victor Gnanapragasam, a Sri Lankan who has served in Pakistan since 1974, was named head of the new church jurisdiction.
The Vatican, announcing the changes on Friday, said the prefecture would cover land that had been part of the Archdiocese of Karachi or the Diocese of Hyderabad.
Apostolic prefectures are established mainly in places where the number of Catholic faithful is very small, but where Catholic priests and religious are active, particularly running schools and health care clinics.