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Christians welcome new Catholic cardinal

AP  |  Karachi 

Christians, a tiny minority in Islamic Pakistan, have given a warm welcome to newly appointed Roman Catholic Cardinal in the southern port city of

was heralded today at the airport. The 73-year-old former was among 14 new cardinals appointed by Pope at a ceremony in this month.

Coutts, born in India, is only the second cardinal from after Cardinal who died in 1994.

attended a ceremony at in Karachi, where he prayed for interfaith harmony, prosperity and peace in

The welcomed Coutts' promotion, saying it was an honour for Pakistan, where Christians face discrimination and have been targeted by Islamic extremists.

Christians make up about 2 per cent of Pakistan's population.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 16:00 IST