EXTRA! Muslim Mobs Burn Christian Homes in Lahore, Pakistan

LAHORE PAKISTAN: More than 100 houses belonging to the Christian community were vandalized and burnt by a mob of muslims in Badami Bagh area of Lahore on Saturday over alleged blasphemy committed by a Christian man. More than 35 Christians were injured.

Several houses were attacked and hundreds Christian families were forced to flee the area. There was advance notice of this attack within the government of Pakistan and that no action was taken to stop it.

Fr. John Tanveer spent a full day today (Tuesday) in this neighborhood, and says it is just absolutely devastated. Eyewitnesses there say that the incident was actually much worse than reported in the media. The whole incident seemed very well planned, and he says there were over 5,000 in the mob. They used some sort of chemical (perhaps gasoline?) to start the fires.

The residents say that police were in the area but did nothing to intervene. He counted about 350 houses destroyed, far more than the official count of 178. So far the government has not provided any relief for these families.

The community is a poor one, near a lot of factories and industry. The residents are primarily Christian, both Protestants and Catholics. Fr. John is distressed because there has not yet been any response from any Christain NGO’s.

From Fr. John Tanveer

Dear Supporter of the Orthodox Church in Pakistan,

Since this morning I was with the victims. I tried to visit each and every house. They are attacked by 5 to 6 thousand peoples mob with weapons and a dangerous chemical which they thew into their houses,which burnt each and everything. There is left nothing.

So much cruelty is seen that they felt no pity for a dog and a parrot in his cage. They had no pity for a faithful dog and a beautiful parrot. I am really finished after visiting the people ant their properties.

Muslims always come together to support one another worldwide but we Christians enjoy and think of ourself as selfish people. They are one but we are all divided and broken into many different parts.

O Lord my God, please, give us courage so that we may come together without prejudice and hatred.

Why are we accused? The answer is that we are Christians among the majority of Muslims.

Please, remember our country in your prayers especially the victims who lost all because of being Christians.

Yours,

Fr. John

Pictures from Fr. John

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First Pastoral Visit of Metropolitan Konstantinos to Pakistan

Met. Konstantinos and Fr. John

His Eminence Metropolitan Konstantinos of Singapore and South Asia made his first pastoral visit to Pakistan in April.

More than 250 Orthodox faithful gathered to greet His Eminence in Wazirabad, on the site of the OMP’s newly purchased land. Photos of his visit are below.

Preparing for the visit
Preparing for the visit

Last minute preparations on the foundation
Last minute preparations on the foundation
Cleaning the building site
Cleaning the building site
Fr. John greeting children
Fr. John greeting children
Met. Konstantinos and Fr. John
Met. Konstantinos and Fr. John
Met. Konstantinos reception at building site
Met. Konstantinos reception at building site
Fr. John addressing the attendees
Fr. John addressing the attendees
Parishioners and guests at the reception
Parishioners and guests at the reception
Met. Konastantinos and Fr. John
Met. Konastantinos and Fr. John
Guests and parishioners at reception
Guests and parishioners at reception
Guests and parishioners at reception
Guests and parishioners at reception
Another parishioner at reception
Another parishioner at reception
Met. Konstantinos poses for a photograph
Met. Konstantinos poses for a photograph
Leaving the reception
Leaving the reception
Met. Konstantinos returns to his hotel
Met. Konstantinos returns to his hotel

Pakistan Church Breaks Ground for a New Parish

The OMP is blessed to have recently purchased a plot of land in Wazirabad, in northeast Pakistan. OMP plans to build its first physical church on the land. The purchase was made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center.

God willing construction of the church will begin this summer. Below are some photos of Fr. John on the site.

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Join us in prayer for these parishioners of the Orthodox Church in Pakistan

O God and Lord of the Powers, and Maker of all creation, Who, because of Thy clemency and incomparable mercy, didst send Thine Only-Begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind, and with His venerable Cross didst tear asunder the record of our sins, and thereby didst conquer the rulers and powers of darkness; receive from us sinful people, O merciful Master, these prayers of gratitude and supplication, and deliver us from every destructive and gloomy transgression, and from all visible and invisible enemies who seek to injure us.

Nail down our flesh with fear of Thee, and let not our hearts be inclined to words or thoughts of evil, but pierce our souls with Thy love, that ever contemplating Thee, being enlightened by Thee, and discerning Thee, the unapproachable and everlasting Light, we may unceasingly render confession and gratitude to Thee: The eternal Father, with Thine Only-Begotten Son, and with Thine All-Holy, Gracious, and Life-Giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Please remember:

Regina
Rozina
Anasthasios 
Paul
Aster Anjum
Esther Samuel
Yaqus 
Sara 
Shaguta
Sholmiat

The Orthodox Mission in Pakistan

The Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is the Canonical Orthodox Church in Pakistan. The OMP is under Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and the Omophorion of Metropolitan Constantinos of Singapore and South Asia. The OMP’s primary mission is to serve the spiritual needs of the country’s Orthodox faithful. OMP also seeks to witness to and represent Christ’s love by ministering to those in need, without regard to caste, creed, religion, or other social distinctions.

Welcome! New Website Launched

Orthodox Pakistan is delighted to launch its new website! We created this site to raise awareness of and support for the Orthodox Mission in Pakistan. We welcome your comments and suggestions. We hope that the site answers your questions about the OMP, its mission and ministries.

We thank you for your support!