Muslim politicians and activists have joined Pakistan’s Christian minority to welcome the country’s new cardinal, the archbishop of Karachi, Mgr Joseph Coutts.
In a surprise move in yesterday’s Regina Caeli, Pope Francis announced that he was appointing 14 new cardinals, three of whom from Asia, during the consistory of 29 June.
The pontiff stressed that the places from which the new cardinals come from “express the universality of the Church, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all men and women of the earth”.
When they heard about the appointment, Pakistani Christians praised the Lord. Pakistan has been without a cardinal since the death in 1994 of its first prince of the Church, Mgr Joseph Cordeiro, who had served as archbishop of Karachi since 1958.