Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul

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Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul
Basic information
Location PakistanFaisalabad, Pakistan
Affiliation Roman Catholic
District Diocese of Faisalabad
Country Pakistan
Year consecrated 1969
Leadership Bishop Rufin Anthony, Administrator
Website Diocese of Faisalabad
Architectural description
Groundbreaking 1965
Completed 1969

The Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul is the main church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Faisalabad, 250 kilometers south of Islamabad, Pakistan.[1] [2][3]

The cathedral has played a significant role in promoting harmony and understanding between the nation’s religious communities through events like the 2007 dinner Faisalabad’s Council for Inter-religious dialogue hosted for Muslim leaders and faithful.[4]

History[edit]

The foundation of the Cathedral was laid in 1965 and the building was consecrated in 1969.

In 2004 Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, grand imam (prayer leader) of Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, was chief guest at a ceremony to plant the Peace Pole on the lawn in front of the Cathedral.[5]

On the 100th anniversary of the celebration of the first Church Unity Octave both Catholic and Protestant leaders invited each other. The first of these gatherings was hosted by Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad, who invited Presbyterian Church leaders and laypeople to the Cathedral on January 18, 2008.[6]

A special Mass was held at the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul on June 19, 2009 to celebrate the Year for Priests. It was attended by about 20 diocesan priests.[7]

On 26 September 2009, hundreds of people gathered in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul to greet Bishop Rufin Anthony, a native of Faisalabad, who on 21 September 2009 took over as coadjutor bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi.[8]

On April 17, 2010 the Diocese organized a special ceremony to celebrate its Golden Jubilee. Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan, Bishop Joseph Coutts (Faisalabad), Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha (Lahore), and Bishop Andrew Francis (Multan) spoke on the occasion.[9] At the Jubilee Mass at the Cathedral attended by about 5,000 Catholics from 21 parishes, Archbishop Yllana said that the Vatican was happy to see the number of priestly and religious vocations in the diocese.[10]

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Coordinates: 39°57′26.91″N 75°10′6.95″E / 39.9574750°N 75.1685972°E / 39.9574750; 75.1685972