Training of parishioners in Karachi
The Catholic Church is initiating community protection groups in Karachi, Pakistan to safeguard minorities in a metropolis where political violence has claimed more than 100 lives in recent weeks, reports Ucanews.
Training for these groups took place last weekend at the Franciscan friary in Karachi.
The Justice and Peace Commission Major Superiors Leadership Conference of Pakistan (MSLCP), which organized the program, said the first (ecumenical) group in the southern archdiocese consists of lawyers and other professionals.
The Catholic Church is already overseeing 10 such other teams across the country.
Rasheed Gill, the regional MSLCP animator, said the worsening security situation in Pakistan’s most populous city has prompted the need to support and protect marginalized minorities.
“We shall record human rights violations and provide legal aid to victims especially workers and women,” he said.
FULL STORY Violence prompts protection groups (Ucanews)