Members of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (PCBC) are currently in Rome on what is called the “ad limina” visit.  Heads of dioceses make such visits every 5 years or so to report on the state of their jurisdictions. They are going to invite Holy Father Pope Francis to visit their country. His Grace Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, made the declaration to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

As reported by Vatican news, His Excellency Archbishop Joseph remarked that “Pope Francis is highly esteemed by all Pakistanis, including Muslims. They consider him a man of peace and appreciated his steps towards the Islamic community, not least the good relations with the Al-Azhar.” His Grace Joseph, however, said that the possibility of such a visit can be discussed only after the establishment of a new government following the general elections scheduled for 15 July.  He was confident it will be possible.