.- Pope Francis on Thursday named a 54-year-old successor to Cardinal Joseph Coutts as Archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan.
The Holy See press workplace announced on Feb. 11 that the pope had chosen Bishop Benny Mario Travas to guide Latin Ceremony Catholics in Pakistan’s largest metropolis.
Karachi, the capital of Sindh province in southern Pakistan, has an estimated inhabitants of greater than 16 million individuals, making it the world’s Twelfth-largest metropolis.
The pope additionally accepted the resignation of the 75-year-old Cardinal Coutts from the pastoral governance of Karachi archdiocese after 9 years in cost.
Travas was born in Karachi on Nov. 21, 1966, and ordained a priest on Dec. 7, 1990.
He gained a licentiate in canon legislation from the Pontifical Urbaniana College in Rome, an establishment belonging to the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
He served because the rector of the St. Pius X Minor Seminary in Karachi, vicar normal of Karachi archdiocese, and vp of the Catholic Board of Training. He was additionally a professor of canon legislation on the Nationwide Catholic Institute of Theology in Karachi.
In 2014, he was appointed apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Multan, southern Punjab. He turned the bishop of Multan a 12 months later. He’s the chairman of Caritas Pakistan.
In keeping with the website catholic-hierarchy.org, there have been 197,700 Catholics within the Archdiocese of Karachi in 2019. The Diocese of Karachi was initially established in 1948 underneath the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bombay, India. It was elevated to an archdiocese in 1950.
Coutts, an outspoken defender of persecuted Christians, obtained the purple hat from Pope Francis on June 28, 2018.
He served as president of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Convention from 2011 to 2017, and was chairman of Caritas Pakistan from 1998 to 2017.
There are round 1.3 million Catholics in Pakistan, a Muslim-majority nation with an estimated inhabitants of 233 million.
In January, the charity Open Doorways named Pakistan, the world’s fifth-most populous nation, because the fifth-worst nation on this planet through which to be a Christian.
In a 2018 interview with CNA, Coutts mirrored on the rise of extremism in his homeland.
“We’ve all the time had these varieties of individuals on the fringes, however they weren’t dominant,” he mentioned. “Now they’re changing into extra assertive.”