Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore

Roman Catholic Archdiocese Of Lahore

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore is an archdiocese in Punjab, Pakistan.


It was founded as a diocese on 1 September 1886, having previously been the Vicariate of Punjab. On 23 April 1994 the diocese was elevated to the rank of Archdiocese. Fr. Lawrence Saldanha was appointed Archbishop of Lahore by pope John Paul II.

The Sacred Heart Cathedral is the principal church of the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese is also home to St. Joseph’s Church, Lahore the oldest church of the Punjab, built in 1853.

The Archdiocese also publishes the Catholic Naqib, the oldest Urdu-language Catholic journal, founded in Lahore in 1929.

Lahore archdiocese had 511,226 Catholics, 30 diocesan priests, and 214 nuns, according to the 2001 Annuario Pontificio, the Vatican yearbook.

The Archdiocese is also home to the St. Francis Xavier Seminary.

The country’s 1st National Eucharistic Congress was organised by the local Catholic Church 9–11 September 2005 at the Marian Shrine of Mariamabad, Lahore diocese. It drew 20,000 participants and attracted ample media coverage local and national.The national marian strine of Mariamabad is situated 90 km from Lahore. Every year it draws...
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