Roman Catholic Diocese of Multan
|Diocese of Multan|
ملتان کے کیتھولک چرچ
|Area||98,705 km2 (38,110 sq mi)|
(as of 2004)|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Holy Redeemer|
|Bishop||Benny Mario Travas|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Sebastian Francis Shaw|
|Emeritus Bishops||Ernest Bertrand Boland Bishop Emeritus (1966-1984)|
The diocese is located in the southern Punjab in a central part of Pakistan. The total population of the diocese is about 7.5 million, out of which Christians are about 200,000. The diocese of Multan covers an area of 100,705 km² and comprises the following civil boundaries. In the Multan Division, the districts of Multan, Vehari, Khanewal and Lodhran. In the Bahawalpur Division, the districts of Bahawalnagar, Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan. In the Dera Ghazi Khan Division the districts of Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh, Layyah and Rajanpur.
In 1936 some adjacent districts of Multan and the State of Bahawalpur were detached from Lahore to form the prefecture Apostolic of Multan. In 1939 this area was detached from Lahore to become a separate diocese. In 1960 the diocese was divided and Bishop Cialeo moved to Faislabad as the first bishop of the newly erected diocese of Faisalabad. Bishop Louis Scheerer was appointed the second bishop of Multan. In 1966 Bishop Louis Scheerer died and Bertrand Boland became the Bishop of Multan diocese. In 1984 Bishop Boland retired and handed over to his auxiliary Bishop Patras Yusaf. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Lahore.
The Cathedral of the Holy Redeemer is the main church of the Diocese.
The diocese is also home to the Pastoral Institute of Multan which serves the Church at a national level.
On 3 October 1989, Pope John Paul II sent congratulations on the 50th anniversary of the diocese. The diocese had 10 parishes with about 50,000 Catholics at the time. By June 2008 this had grown to 18 parishes.
On 10 January 2000, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Fr. Andrew Francis from the Archdiocese of Lahore as the new bishop.
On 29 October 2001 four gunmen entered St. Dominic’s Church, Bahawalpur in the Diocese and shot and killed 15 worshippers and a police guard.
On 29 April 2010 Pope Benedict XVI elevated the Apostolic Prefecture of Quetta to the rank of apostolic vicariate. He appointed Fr. Victor Gnanapragasam as apostolic vicar of the new ecclesiastical circumscription and the titular bishop of Timida. Fr. Victor was parish priest at Khanewal in the Multan Diocese from 1979-1985.
On 13 June 2014 Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Andrew Francis, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law, and appointed Rev. Benny Mario Travas, of the clergy of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi (Karachi, Pakistan) as Apostolic Administrator "Sede Vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis" of the same Diocese.
- Francesco Benedetto Cialeo, O.P. † (15 January 1937 Appointed - 13 April 1960 Appointed, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lyallpur, in Lyallpur, Pakistan)
- Aloysius Louis Scheerer, O.P. † (13 April 1960 Appointed - 27 January 1966 Died)
- Ernest Bertrand Boland, O.P. (17 May 1966 Appointed - 20 October 1984 Resigned)
- Patras Yusaf † (20 October 1984 Appointed - 29 December 1998 Died)
- Andrew Francis (3 December 1999 Appointed - 13 June 2014 Resigned)
- Benny Mario Travas (15 August 2015 - present)
St Albans High School, Multan
St Mary's Higher Secondary School
Sacred Heart Girls High School
Dominican Convent Bahawalpur
Dominican Study Center Bahawalpur
St. Joseph's High School Saeed Colony Multan
St. Joseph's High School Bishop’s House Multan
St. Anthony's High School Louis Colony Multan
St. Peter's Primary School Gulzeb Colony Vehari Road, Multan
St. Joseph's High School Civil Lines, Khanewal
St. Vincent's High School Chak 133/16-L Distt. Khanewal
St. John Primary School Chak # 120/T.D.A. Distt. Layyah
Dar-ul-Tarbiat (Ibn-e-Mariam) High School Chak # 270/T.D.A. Loretto, Distt. Layyah
St. Joseph's High School Chak # 75/B Tehsil Karore Distt. Layyah
Mission High School Chak # 270/T.D.A. Loretto Distt. Layyah
Holy Cross High School Church Road, Rahimyar Khan
St. Dominic High School Model Town-A Bahawalpur
St. Joseph's High School, Yousaf Town, Bahawalpur
St. Joseph's Convent High School Chak 133/16-L Distt. Khanewal
St. Raphael's Primary School Christian Colony, Muzaffargarh
St. Jude's High School Chak # 5/4-L Rungpur Distt. Muzaffargarh
St. Joseph's Middle School Chak # 11/W.B. Catholic Church Vehari
St. Michael's English Medium High School (Regd) # 571/T.D.A Chowk Munda, Derekabad
St. Mary's Middle School Chak # 587/T.D.A Derekabad
Good Shepherd Convent School, Naqasband Colony Rasheedabad, Multan
Dominican's Primary School, Razabad Colony, Multan
- "UCANews.com 13 March 2008".
- "UCANews.com December 9, 1987".
- "Pope John Paul II Congratulates Multan Diocese".
- "UCANews.com June 20, 2008".
- "UCANews.com October 2, 1998".
- "Muslims and Christians join in prayer for the victims of London bomb blasts".
- "Sacrifice of the martyrs of Bahawalpur will not be in vain".
- EWTN TV
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