Essential kilometers for pastoral
The diocese of Multan sprawls over an area of over 38,000 square miles (98,000 km²), an area larger than the size of Austria. The territory stretching across the diocese has a population of some 7.5 million, 200,000 of whom are Catholics. It is divided up into 18 parishes, which in turn serve very large areas.
The great majority of the people are very very poor, yet, as Bishop Benny Mario Travas writes, “rich in their Catholic faith.” They are very close to the Church and practice their faith joyfully.
The priests travel tirelessly, visiting their widely scattered faithful, celebrating Holy Mass and administering to them the Sacraments.
The parish of Khaneval, for example, has 14 additional outstations, some very remote from the centre of the parish. Father Asif Malik has to celebrate five Masses each Sunday in different places, some of which are in directly opposite directions from one another. At Easter and at Christmas, and as much during Holy Week – it is all but impossible to reach every centre in time. In addition to his work in the parish, its young priest also teaches in the seminary of Multan.
Unfortunately, last year, one of the priests had an accident in the car that Father Malik also uses. It was a miracle that none of the people involved in the accident were hurt, but the car itself is practically fit only for scrap.
without a car,
pastoral work in this area is simply impossible.
That is why Bishop Travas has turned to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) with an urgent appeal for help.
We have given 13,630 CAN dollars.