Cordes Sent by the Holy Father
President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum will be visiting
Pakistan from the 25th to the 30th of October 2001, on assignment
from the Holy Father.
this visit, Pope John Paul II wishes to confirm his closeness to all
persons who suffer because of the war, and in a special way, to the
refugees who are amassed in ever increasing numbers along the
borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In this sense, he also expresses this message in sending the
Archbishop, underlining that "the suffering of so many men,
women, and children calls out with a loud voice for tangible relief.
In particular, the painful situation of so many refugees
calls for immediate action on the part of all those who are in a
position to help."
October 27th at 10:00am, Archbishop Cordes will meet with the
President of the Republic of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, and
then with the Minister for Religious Minorities, retired Colonel
S.K. Tressler. After this, he plans to meet with the heads of Catholic
humanitarian organisations and of the local Caritas. On October 28th at 4:30pm, he will preside at the Celebration
of the Eucharist in the Cathedral of Rawalpindi with the Bishops and
the Catholic community of Pakistan, praying that the bonds of hate
and injustice be broken and begging from God the gift of peace.
He is also planning a visit to a refugee camp in Peshawar to
personally comfort the people there in the name of the Holy Father.
President of Cor Unum, which is the Vatican office which
co-ordinates Catholic humanitarian organisations, will be
encouraging the often heroic efforts of those volunteers who have
contributed, from the 11th of September to the present, to the
saving of so many human lives.
Now, more than ever before, it is important to concretely
live the love of neighbour, whether it be in the receiving of
refugees, or in the help of humanitarian aid.