Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pauline Center in Pakistan damaged in recent violence

Yesterday's bombings in Lahore, Pakistan caused serious damage to the Roman Catholic Cathedral and other Catholic locations in the vicinity, including the Pauline Center operated by the Daughters of St. Paul.

Sisters, employees and patrons were in the bookcenter at the moment of the terrorist attack. Although the roof and wall of the building collapsed, no one in our Center was injured or killed. A fact for which we are profoundly grateful, even as we mourn with others who did not escape injury. News sources report 24 killed and over 200 injured in the bombings which took place in two locations in the city of Lahore.

Although the Cathedral and the Bishop’s house were severely damaged, the Bishop himself came to visit our sisters to encourage and comfort them.

Even in these dark times the sisters are determined to rebuild.

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