Pakistani bishop challenges Christians to give a day's wages to quake relief

The president of the Pakistani bishops' conference expressed his grief following the country's worst-ever earthquake and urged all Pakistani Christians to contribute one day's wages for relief aid.

CLICK HERECatholic News Service reports that Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore, conference president, expressed his "profound shock and grief at the large-scale destruction of life and property caused by the great earthquake" that struck Pakistan, India and Afghanistan at the weekend.

He said prayers were offered in all Pakistani Catholic churches the next day for the eternal peace of the deceased and for the recovery of thousands of injured survivors, according to a statement issued by his office on Monday.

"This was the greatest natural disaster in our country's history," he wrote, calling upon all Christians "to do their part" in relief efforts. He urged them to contribute one day's salary to the President's Relief Fund and announced a donation of SA11,017 from the Pakistani Catholic Church.

The earthquake along the Pakistan-India border was magnitude 7.6. Its epicenter was near the town of Muzaffarabad, almost 90 km northeast of Islamabad in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

Pakistani prelate: Christians should give day's wages to quake relief (Catholic News Service 10/10/05)

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12 Oct 2005