With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Father Joseph Farooq visited the Russian land the Mother Church Headed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia! Sunday bright primate was held our long-awaited meeting with Father Joseph Farooq – the only orthodox priest Russian Church (ROCOR) serving in Pakistan visited Russia!
We met with Father Joseph in Holy Trinity Temple in the sparrow hills, by the heartiest invitation of the Abbot of the temple of Archpriest Andrei Nastassia. Father Joseph Farooq concelebrated the Divine Liturgy and chanted the prayers in Pakistani language “Urdu”; and after the Divine Liturgy, during the Sunday tea, he addressed the parishioners about the situation of Christians in Pakistan in general and his main part of discussion was about the orthodox parish of holy venerable Saint Sergius of Radonezh, Saint Matrons of Moscow Adult Education Center of Women in Pakistan and Sunday School of Children and preaching and teaching holy orthodoxy in Pakistan.
Father Joseph Farooq addressed the parishioners that with the blessings of Metropolitan Hilarion hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and ruling Bishop of Pakistan, St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission was established in 2011 in Pakistan and registered in 2014 under Societies Registration Act 1860, to work for religious, spiritual and social development of Orthodox Christians in Pakistan. The Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan and ROCOR Mission in Pakistan have spiritual and canonical union with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Father Joseph Farooq told the parishioners that Christians make up one of the two largest (non-Muslim) religious minorities in Pakistan, along with Hindus. The total number of Christians in Pakistan was estimated at 2.5 million in 2005, or 1.6% of the population.
The participants heard the talk of Father Joseph Farooq very attentively and showed their keen interest towards the presence of holy orthodoxy in Pakistan. Father Joseph Farooq further added that with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan is sharing the universal message of love, peace and human unity with all people around us. The presence of the Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan also focus on the teaching of the Church Fathers, Russian Orthodox Saints, so messengers of Gospel, Peace, Tolerance, Perfect Harmony, Humility, Piety, Simplicity and Holiness!!
At the end of his talk and question answering session, Father Joseph generously extended his heartfelt thanks to the Abbot of the temple Archpriest Andre,i Nastassia, an Orthodox Missioner Elena Maler and all the parishioners of Holy Trinity Temple Sparrow Hills for their kind and passionate love and hospitality and support.
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