The Sisters of the Congregation Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) in Pakistan
- Founded in 1914 in Italy by Fr. Giacomo Alberione
- Fr. Alberione understood the ever increasing influence of the media and wanted to use the media as a means of evangelisation
- The charism of the Daughters of St. Paul is the proclamation via the mass media. They have libraries, edit and print Christian books and use other means of mass communications (radio, magazines etc.)
- There are about 2.500 sisters in 50 countries of the world.
- Despite representing less than two percent in a country populated almost entirely by Muslims, there are at least 1.1 million Catholics in Pakistan, a figure comparable with the number of practising Catholics for example in Great Britain. Up to 85 percent of the Christian population live in villages, mostly as “bonded labour” entirely dependent on urban-based landlords often incited by militant forms of Islam. When job vacancies arise, preference automatically goes to Muslims. When the Christians do get jobs – mostly as farm labourers, domestic cooks and cleaners and road sweepers – pay is woefully poor. Child labour is commonplace – parents can’t afford education and daren’t spare them from the workplace for fear of the landlord docking their pay. Lacking identity cards and the right to vote, they have virtually no political representation. Nor do they have any legitimate access to health care.
Daughters of Sant Paul Congregation in Pakistan: The sisters selling religious literature outside in the Diocese of Lahore. Photographer Bartek Zytkowiak. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need