Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi

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Archdiocese of Karachi

Archidioecesis Karachiensis

آرچ ڈائیوسیس آف کراچی
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St. Patricks Cathedral
Country Pakistan
TerritoryThe city of Karachi with its five districts: Karachi Central, South, West, East and Malir.
Ecclesiastical provinceKarachi
Area180,000 km2 (69,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
166,000 (1.0%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established1948; 72 years ago (1948)
CathedralSt. Patrick's Cathedral
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopJoseph Coutts
SuffragansDiocese of Hyderabad
Bishops emeritusEvarist Pinto Archbishop Emeritus (2004-2012)
Website of the Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Karachi, originally known as the Diocese of Karachi, was erected on 20 May 1948 under the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bombay, India.[1] It was elevated as the Archdiocese of Karachi on 15 July 1950. The seat of the Archdiocese is St. Patrick's Cathedral. The Christ the King Seminary, the major seminary of the country, is located in the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese has contributed to the welfare of the country through its schools, hospitals, orphanages and other institutions. In 1998, the Archdiocese of Karachi owned 17 English- and 46 Urdu-medium schools for some 40,000 students with about 1,700 teachers.[2]

The Archdiocese has also produced a religious order for women known as the Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King (FMCK) that founded schools, orphanages, homes for the aged and disabled and hospitals throughout the country and in India and Sri Lanka.

The Archdiocese publishes an Urdu-language weekly newspaper Agahi (knowledge) and an English-language weekly newspaper The Christian Voice, Karachi.[3]

The Archdiocese celebrated its Golden Jubilee on 20 May 1998.[4]

In 2000, the archdiocese had 18 parishes, 15 in the city of Karachi and one each in mission stations at Kotri, Khuzdar and Larkana.[5] In 2009, the Archdiocese had 145 thousand faithful in a population of 15 million people.[6]

Encouraged by Pope Benedict XVI's message for the World Day of Social Communications, wherein he affirms that "digital technologies are a gift for humanity that can be useful for spreading solidarity and understanding among people and populations",[7] the Archdiocese launched a web-based television network Good News TV in February 2009. Father Arthur Charles, the Vicar General, is the CEO of Good News TV.[8]

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On 11 December 2009 the Archdiocese lost its longest serving priest when Father D'Arcy D'Souza, 97, died in Holy Family Hospital. Fr. D'Arcy gave sixty six years of his life in the service of the Church.[9]

In June 2018 Pope Francis made Archbishop Coutts a cardinal priest, assigning him the titular church of San Bonaventura da Bagnoregio.[10][11]

Archbishops of Karachi[edit]

Churches in the diocese[edit]

Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Karachi[edit]

The Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, located on Siddiq Wahab Road in the Old Haji Camp area, is a part of the Archdiocese.

The first parish priest, from July 1941 – 1944, was Fr. Liberius Pieterse. He later became known for his translation of the Bible into Urdu.[13] For nearly 80 years, parish nuns have maintained a medical clinic and school for poor Pakistanis.

During the mid 1950s Fr. Simeon Anthony Pereira was appointed Parish Priest of the parish. Fr. Simeon went on to become the Archbishop of Karachi [14]

The parish also has a school attached to it.[15]

St. Francis was the first parish to cater to the many people migrating from Punjab province to the city. The Jesuits and the Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King nuns started the migrant mission which still continues as Catholics pour in from the provinces.[16]


On 12 October 2012, the parish was attacked by a mob of 600 Islamic radicals that destroyed property in the yard, but failed to break down the front door.[17] Saleem Khurshid Khokhar, a member of the Sindh Provincial Assembly, visited shortly after the attack and condemned violence against religious minorities.[18]

In the media[edit]

The Archdiocese promotes the message of the Gospel through the following media:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). XLI. 1949. pp. 62–4. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  2. ^ " March 3, 1998".
  3. ^ " 21 October2006".
  5. ^ The Christian Voice, Karachi, 27 August 2000
  6. ^ " 29 October 2009".
  7. ^ "Catholic Word Getting Out In Pakistan". Archived from the original on 26 June 2009.
  8. ^ "Good News TV".
  9. ^ " December 17, 2009". Archived from the original on 30 October 2017.
  10. ^ D'Emilio, Frances (28 June 2018). "Pope, making new cardinals, hears Iraqi tell of martyrs". Fox News. Associated Press. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico: Assegnazione dei Titoli, 28.06.2018" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  12. ^ AsiaNews 12 November 2011
  13. ^ In memoriam Rev. Fr. Liberius Pieterse O.F.M., 12/2/1905 – 24/9/1973, NEWSLETTER O.F.M. a monthly publication of the Franciscan Custody of St. John the Baptist, Pakistan, Portiuncula Friary, November 1973
  14. ^ "KARACHI: Simeon Pereira dies". Dawn. 24 August 2006. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  15. ^ "KARACHI: Film show held for special children". Dawn. 14 July 2002. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  16. ^ UCANews 7 November 2011
  17. ^ The church of San Francesco attacked in Karachi: the Franciscans in fear, Agenzia Fides, 17 October 2012
  18. ^ Muslim mob vandalize St. Francis Church Karachi, Pakistan Christian Post

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