Lawrence John Saldanha
was born in Mangalore
, India on 12 Jun 1936. He received his religious training at the Christ the King seminary
in Karachi and was ordained a priest in Lahore
on 16 Jan 1960.
He also earned a doctorate in systematic theology from Rome-based Pontifical Urbaniana University. He participated in the Second Vatican Council.
He served in different parishes in Lahore and was secretary of Caritas Pakistan
1966-73. He served 1971-74 as editor of the Catholic Naqib
, the Archdiocese’s Urdu bimonthly. He was also rector of Christ the King Seminary in Karachi from 1974–1979 and taught dogmatic theology there until 1983.
From 1986-98 he was head of the social communications commission and WAVE Studio
, the Church's national audiovisual center in Lahore. He also headed the UCA News bureau in Pakistan.
He was serving as associate pastor of Precious Blood Church in Toronto, Canada, when he was recalled to serve the Church in Pakistan. On 24 Apr 2001 he was appointed Archbishop of Lahore
by Pope John Paul II
. He is the Leader of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan.
On 16 January 2010, Archbishop Saldanha celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a priest, of serving his church for 50 years.
On 7 April 2011 Archbishop Saldanha retired as Archbishop of Lahore.