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Pakistan Archbishop: Pope Francis Is a Valuable Source of Inspiration
Seminar in Karachi Focuses on Social Transformation and Change
By Junno Arocho Esteves
KARACHI, August 22, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, President of the Episcopal Conference of Pakistan, called Pope's Francis' humility "a valuable source of inspiration" during a meeting with professionals, managers and political leaders in Pakistan.
"If you really want to become agents of transformation and social change, I suggest you keep your eyes on Pope Francis," Archbishop Coutts said according to Fides.
In his message, the Archbishop of Pakistan mentioned Pope Francis as a possible model to follow, particularly due to his humility. "He is working in an excellent way for change. He chose the name Francis referring to St. Francis of Assisi, a saint who is loved not only by Christians but also by Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists for his works of peace," the Archbishop said.
"The Pope's power is not political but a power of service and love: he chose to leave his papal apartment and has been living in simplicity. He visited prisoners and washed their feet. He loves to meet and spend time with ordinary people,"
The Archbishop spoke to an audience of graduates, professionals and leaders gathered in the Institute Notre Dame of Karachi, at a seminar held recently, entitled "Social transformation and change", which was organized by the Catholic association "Jesus Youth Pakistan" ( JYP).
The goal of the seminar was to help leaders in the field of business, politics and education in promoting effective change in society that focuses on the dignity of human beings. Fr. Peter Moughal, O.F.M., a Franciscan priest, also addressed the conference telling the participants that in order to lead, one "must serve with humility."
"Jesus gave his life for others, and each of you has a special mission of evangelization," Fr. Moughal told the participants.
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