St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Hyderabad

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St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
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St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Hyderabad
Basic information
Location Pakistan Hyderabad, Pakistan
Affiliation Roman Catholic
District Diocese of Hyderabad
Leadership Bishop Max John Rodrigues
Architectural description
Plaque showing the foundation of the cathedral.

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Hyderabad, Pakistan is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hyderabad, 1040 kilometers south of the Capital Islamabad. [1]

Father Francis Kotwani, the first Sindhi to be ordained a Catholic priest, served as assistant parish priest of the cathedral parish. He completed 50 years as a priest in 1994.[2]

Bishop Max John Rodrigues of Hyderabad appealed for people to pray for the country at the end of Mass at the Cathedral. The special service was being offered following a declaration of a state of emergency and a rash of arrests in the country in November 2007.[3]

In September 2012, an anti-Islamic film, unrelated to the cathedral, or the Catholic Church in any form, resulted in angry protest marches for three days, during which Christian institutions and buildings were targeted. Fr. Samson Shukardin OFM, Vicar General of the Diocese, reported that a crowd went by St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, throwing stones and breaking windows. From the upper floors of some nearby houses, shots were also fired at the cathedral door.[4]