The ACC expands into new areas of Pakistan

November 21, 2016 by Jonathan Foggin

Bishop Andrew and his priests administering the sacrament of Holy Unction in Jhelum.

Earlier this month, the ACC in Pakistan expanded its mission once again, as Bishop Mushtaq Andrew, along with four of his priests, made a visitation to the city of Jhelum.

There they were greeted by Father Haroon Bashir and members of his newly-formed congregation.  At a welcome ceremony that included drum-bands and garlanding, rose petals were cast over the bishop and his clergy as a symbol of love, happiness, and acceptance.

Later that day, Bishop Andrew celebrated mass and preached on the subject of obedience, citing the Virgin Mary as a prime example.  He also confirmed twenty-three individuals, and his priests offered the sacrament of Holy Unction to those who were sick.

With a population of nearly 200,000, and a branch of the University of the Punjab, Jhelum an important economic and cultural center in northeast Pakistan.  Located about 175 km north of Lahore, Jhelum is a district capital and the site of several major hospitals.  

Though Jhelum has a high literacy rate and an above-average standard of living, it is hoped that the ACC mission there will be able to reach out to those who are impoverished and in need.

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