Monday, December 25, 2006

Photo Essay: Singing Christmas Carols in Pakistan

[By Usman Ahmed in Lahore]

"You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan.......We are starting with the fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State......."
Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Devout Christians throughout Pakistan spent their Christmas morning in attending church services. Christians constitute less than three percent of the country’s 140 million people. Special functions were arranged in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to mark the day.

Rt Rev Dr Alexander John Malik, the Bishop of Lahore, said, "Christmas should be celebrated irrespective of one’s religion affiliations." The Bishop, who had recently landed in controversy following his daughter’s love marriage with a Muslim doctor, called for peace and reconciliation to lay foundation for a more tolerant society. Pakistan Paindabad wishes the same.

These pictures were taken in Lahore's Cathedral Church of Resurrection, popularly referred to as the Hall Road Church. Merry Christmas.

Singing the Bible Songs

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Following the Faith in the Land of Islam

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Dressing Up for the Day

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Singing Hymns in the Country of the Holy

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Christian Ladies in Hijab – It’s Cultural

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You may want to peruse:
Interview - A Christian Citizen of Pakistan
The Runaway Bride and Groom of Pakistan - A Christian-Muslim Love Story

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