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Apr 28th
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Easter in Pakistan

Fr Colm Murphy tells of Pakistan’s Christians and why Holy Week has a special significance for them.

Some years ago, on a visit to northern Burma, I met a German Sister, a theologian, who had come to give courses to the local clergy. Such courses were common in the territories formerly entrusted to the Columbans, due to Burma’s isolation from the rest of the world since the years immediately following the Second Vatican Council. They were part of a necessary updating of the local diocesan Church.

The Church in Pakistan
The German Sister had hoped that, at least in that diocese in north Burma, there would be as many men as women at Sunday Mass. She was disappointed to find that, even there, women far outnumbered the men in the congregation. Unfortunately it did not strike me at the time to suggest that she go to Pakistan. There certainly she would find as many men as women at Mass.


It's not over yet...

It's not over yet...

Some years ago Columban missionary Brendan Lovett wrote a series of reflections for each day of Holy Week.

These reflections were published in a book called "It's not over yet.."

You can read the first of these reflections by going here, and you can use the new Holy Week menu item above left to access the other daily reflections.

You can also view a video reflection on Holy Week by the former Archbishop of Caterbury Rowan Williams here  and read about an account of the importance of  Holy Week in Pakistan by Columban Colm Murphy here


Rowan Williams On Holy Week

The former  Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams recorded a  thoughtful video reflection on the meaning of Holy Week.  In his introduction he says:

"In all sorts of ways Holy Week really is the most important week in the Christian year because it's a week when we discover in a way we don't at any other time just we are and just who God is. And we do this in the worship of the Church in very dramatic ways, the whole long tradition of the ceremonies and liturgies of Holy Week is meant to take us through a journey. We begin with identifying ourselves with the people who welcomed Jesus on Palm Sunday. We bless palms and palm crosses, we wave them around, we shout Hosanna, and for that moment we are the people on the first Palm Sunday were glad to see Jesus and welcomed him in. And then during the week we have to come to terms with the fact that when Jesus actually does arrive in Jerusalem he turns out not to be so welcome after all and we have to ask ourselves, 'What about us?'"

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