Lawrence Saldanha

Lawrence John Saldanha (born 12 June 1936) is a retired archbishop from Pakistan. He was born in Mangalore, India. He received his religious training at the Christ the King seminary in Karachi and was ordained a priest in Lahore, Pakistan on 16 January 1960.

His Grace

Lawrence John Saldanha
Archbishop Emeritus of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore
ChurchRoman Catholic
SeeRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore
In office2001–2011
PredecessorArmando Trindade
SuccessorSebastian Francis Shaw OFM
Ordination16 January 1960
Consecration11 September 2001
by Archbishop Simeon Anthony Pereira
Bishop Anthony Lobo
Bishop Andrew Francis
Personal details
Born (1936-06-12) 12 June 1936 (age 85)
Mangalore, India
Previous post(s)Priest
Alma materChrist the King Seminary, Karachi
MottoHeralds of Hope

He also earned a doctorate in systematic theology from Rome-based Pontifical Urbaniana University. He participated in the Second Vatican Council.[1]

He served in different parishes in Lahore. He served from 1971 to 1974 as editor of the Catholic Naqib, the Archdiocese's Urdu bimonthly.[1] He was also rector of Christ the King Seminary in Karachi from 1974 to 1979 and taught dogmatic theology there until 1983.[2]

From 1986 to 1998, he was head of the social communications commission and WAVE Studio, the Church's national audiovisual center in Lahore. He also headed the UCA News bureau in Pakistan. [3]

He was serving as associate pastor of Precious Blood Church in Toronto, Canada, when he was recalled to serve the Church in Pakistan.[1] On 24 Apr 2001 he was appointed Archbishop of Lahore by Pope John Paul II. He took as his motto Heralds of Hope.[4]

On 16 January 2010, Archbishop Saldanha celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a priest, of serving his church for 50 years.[5]

On 7 April 2011 Archbishop Saldanha retired as Archbishop of Lahore.[6]

Saldanha also served as the first executive secretary of Caritas Pakistan from 1966 to 1973, chairman of Radio Veritas Asia, and president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.[7]

He returned to Canada after his retirement in 2011 and is helping persecuted Pakistani Christians in Canada.[8]

In 2016 Saldanha became a Canadian citizen.[9]

On January 16, 2020, he celebrated his 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination at Precious Blood Parish in Scarborough, Canada.[10]

External linksEdit

  • "Archdiocese of Lahore". Catholic Hierarchy. 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
  • Daily Times, 23 January 2006
  • Archdiocese of Lahore
  • Agenzia Fides 14/05/2004
  • BBC News, 2 November 2006