Pakistan's Cardinal Joseph Coutts Returns To Warm Welcome Three Days Later 130 Die In Muslim Suicide Bomb Attack

Following up more Pope Francis DOOM this time for PAKISTAN:

10 JULY 2018


Cardinal Coutts was warmly welcomed as he landed at Karachi airport after being appointed cardinal at a meeting of the Church’s top council at the Vatican on June 29. Dozens belonging to the Christian community had gathered at the airport to receive him. A ceremony has been organised at the Saint Patrick’s Church in Saddar in honour of the cardinal. Cardinal Coutts was among 14 new cardinals Pope Francis had named in May this year to be appointed to the post. The 73-year-old is the second Pakistani to be honoured with the position after the death of cardinal Joseph Cordeiro in 1994. In an interview with Vatican News, Cardinal Coutts said he was surprised at his nomination. “For us, in a poor country like Pakistan and in a small, young Church, historically, where we all, as bishops or archbishops, spend a lot of time with the people. And thank God we don’t have that lifestyle which takes us above the people. We try to be with the people most of the time.” Cardinal Coutts said he was unsure whether his new job would reduce the time he has available to spend with people. “So to be a cardinal, I don’t yet know what the implications are. But I fear there will be a gap. I won’t be able to give so much time to the people,” he said. Source

13 JULY 2018

Death Toll in Pakistan Suicide Bombing Rises to 128 

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The death toll in a suicide bombing that targeted an election campaign event in southwestern Pakistan rose to 128 on Saturday, the deadliest terror attack in the country this year. The attack, which took place on Friday in the restive province of Baluchistan, has renewed concerns that violence could disrupt national elections scheduled for July 25. Pakistan is preparing for its second democratic transition after military rule, but a number of terrorist attacks targeting candidates and a growing sense of political unrest and turmoil threaten to undermine the credibility of the election. Four such assaults have struck in the past week alone, with two candidates among those killed. The federal government announced a day of mourning after the latest blast, with national flags at half-staff in all government buildings in Baluchistan, where two days of mourning were decreed. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday. Source