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Andrew Francis (29 November 1946 – 6 June 2017) was the Pakistani Roman Catholic bishop of Diocese of Multan from 2000 to 2014.

His Grace
Andrew Francis
Bishop
Church Roman Catholic
See Roman Catholic Diocese of Multan
In office 2000 – 2014
Predecessor Ernest Bertrand Boland, O.P.
Successor Benny Mario Travas
Orders
Ordination 10 January 1972
Consecration 26 February 2000
by Archbishop Alessandro D'Errico
Bishop Anthony Theodore Lobo
Personal details
Born

(1946-11-29)29 November 1946
Adah, Pakistan

[1]
Died 6 June 2017(2017-06-06) (aged 70)
Previous post Parish Priest

He was born in Adah, Pakistan on 29 November 1946. He received his religious training at the Christ the King seminary in Karachi. On 10 January 1972, he was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore. He has been rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Lahore in 1986 and later Parish Priest of St. Anthony's Church, Lahore, until his ordination as bishop in February 2000.

On 3 December 1999 he was appointed Bishop of Multan in Pakistan. He was ordained as bishop on 26 February 2000.[2][3][4]

It was later revealed that a civil court had issued a stay order on the ordination of the Bishop-elect, but he was ordained before the court order arrived. Archbishop Alessandro D'Errico, apostolic nuncio to Pakistan, and Bishop Anthony Lobo of Islamabad-Rawalpindi presided at the ordination of Bishop Francis at a private chapel of the Lahore archbishop's house.[5]

Bishop Francis was the chairman of the National Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism, National Commission of Sacred Liturgy and National Commission of Catholic Urdu Literature. Also he was a member of Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue - Rome, International Commission for English in the Liturgy, USA and the Minority Committee of the Government of Pakistan.[6]

In 2014 Francis was injured in a car accident and became a wheelchair user.[7]

On 13 June 2014 Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Andrew Francis in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law, and appointed Benny Travas of Karachi as Apostolic Administrator.

Bishop Andrew died on 6 June 2017, aged 70. [8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bishop Andrew Francis". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Muslims and Christians join in prayer for the victims of London bomb blasts". Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bishop Andrew Francis". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bishop of Multan". 
  5. ^ UCANews February 28 2000
  6. ^ "UCANews.com Diocesan Profile Series". Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. 
  7. ^ Paralysed legs have not stopped him, heraldmalaysia.com, 17 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Vatican Information Service". Retrieved 10 June 2017.