LAHORE: A condolence reference held at No-Lakha Church at Lahore to acknowledge the services of Fr. Francis Nadeem for the peace and community, died in a hospital in Lahore after a heart attack on 3rd July. Provincial Minister for HR&MA Ijaz Alam Augustine, Archbishop of Lahore Sebastian Francis Shaw, Pastor Majeed abel, numerous priests, Leaders of other Christian denominations and other religions were also present in the conference. The minister Ijaz Alam Augustine in his address said that no doubt we all have lost a wonderful priest and friar, who humbly served in his community, and also reached people of other faiths with the Christian message of peace and love.
He was full of ideas, always very creative in building bridges among people of different faiths. He was in communion and in excellent relationship with people of other faith, and he always worked to spread the message of peace and love, in the name of Christ, in all corners of the Country". The minister further said that his vision was to promote and strengthen peace and harmony in Pakistan. As a man of peace and dialogue, he inspired countless people who are actively working for the same cause in Pakistan today, to build a peace-loving society. Archbishop of Lahore Sebastian Francis Shaw said that Francis Nadeem was known, appreciated and loved not only among Christians, but also among faithful of other religions. He further said that Fr. Francis Nadeem was a tireless promoter of interreligious dialogue and ecumenism for over twenty years in Lahore. He was Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism (NCIDE), in 2017 he had been chosen by the confreres for a second term as Custos, which was due to end in August 2020.
Other participants also paid tribute to Fr. Francis Shaw and said that he worked for his community of Capuchin friars and Christians, but his soul was also addressed towards non-Christians to build and strengthen a spirit of interreligious dialogue. He set a good example in all his works and responsibilities assigned to him, both in parishes, being a leader of the Capuchin community in Pakistan, and in the important mission of interreligious dialogue. We will carry his commitment in our heart and his mildness, especially in times of persecution.