Just a week ago, on September 1, Pope Francis made a global appeal, asking everyone — regardless of religion or location — to fast and pray on Saturday for world peace, and particularly for peace in Syria.
As the Pope raised his hands in prayer, so did many Pakistani Christians. Scores of men, women and children turned up to attend prayers and fasted with gusto on the day, barely 24 hours before Catholics were set to observe Mother Mary’s birthday celebrations.
An unusually large congregation was seen at evening mass at St Jude’s Church, whose premises house a grotto dedicated to Mother Mary.
“On the call of the pontiff for peace..